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Survivors by K’Anne Meinel

Synopsis: For some, the world would end with the dropping of the bombs. For others, a select few, it would present an opportunity to show their true mettle. Those who will take on the challenge to live without, make do, and subsist on, are the survivors.
Jodi was one of the few. She knew what was coming. She read the signs, and she had friends in low places who kept her informed. She bought a cabin in the middle of nowhere, fixed it up, and warned her closest friends and family that the time would come to abandon the big cities, to hide and seclude yourself for the safety of your family and everyone closest to you.
Krista was her partner, her best friend, and her wife at a time when states didn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Krista coped with her mate’s compulsions by recognizing that indulging her was the best way to maintain a harmonious union. After all, they could afford it. Little did she realize that Jodi was destined to be the savior of them all.
Finding that things were much worse than everyone had speculated didn’t surprise Jodi. But it would forever alter her family’s world view and transform them into something they hadn’t realized they were destined to become…SURVIVORS!

 

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This book takes you to a situation where you hope you will never go…..and yet there is so much in the story that resonates with today’s society that it’s scarily real, I can only hope that we truly never get to this reality…..and then I read the latest news reports and feel my heart sink and wish I had someone on the inside telling me when to start preparations that could save my family just like Jodi, oh and the money of course.

The storyline is good, as I said too realistic in some ways but there are also some great subplots that will have you siding with certain characters without you even realising it and if your anything like me, others you would happily like to grab and shake or slap!

Yes the initial characters are lesbians but its not a romance and there are no real sex scenes which makes it a great buy for relatives regardless of their sexual orientation.  This is a story with a dramatic storyline, plots twists and well-developed characters that you will either love or hate, plenty of surprises and shocks along the way.

There were a couple of surprises that left me wanting to yell at the author, but you’ll need to read it for yourself to see why!

I would give the book a 5 out of 5 but I felt that the ending could have gone on for maybe another chapter or so to look at the ‘after’ effects and how the new additions would impact on life but perhaps i’m being harsh and the author has a 2nd book in mind.

Totally worth reading, buying for yourself and others, go on read it, you know you want to.

 

 

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Recombinant Love by K’Anne Meinel

51kQPoZ8c9LSynopsis:   While hiking the mountains and deserts of Arizona with her best friend, D.O.G., Ryley Graham hears a whirring noise. Thinking D.O.G. has cornered a rattlesnake, she rushes to protect him and is blinded by a light seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.
Waking up 510 years later, she is confused by the unfamiliar machinery and ‘people’ that surround her. Skeptical when she is informed she is aboard a spaceship that explores wormholes, it takes a great deal of effort to finally convince Ryley she isn’t in a government-owned facility and part of some huge experiment or conspiracy.
Adjusting to the odd life forms that coexist on the ship, Ryley begins to accept that she can never go back to Earth 2015, and she and she begins to contribute her own unique knowledge and skills to their survival. As Ryley makes new friends, one of them begins to stand out… 

Mercédès is a woman…half human and half android. She is struggling to understand her human side and the odd feelings she is developing for this Earthwoman. 
Learning about love, and learning to love will be huge challenges as Ryley and Mercédès begin to forge a future. What impact will it have when they discover the real reason Ryley was taken in the first place?

Sapphic review: Not the usual genre for the Author but hopefully we’ll see K’Anne Meinel writing more sci-fi books in the future.  If you have read the synopsis and thought it sounds like Star Trek Voyager I can assure that the synopsis is about all that is similar to the TV series. Give the book a fair chance and you will see that it is very different.
It’s not your simple alien meets human and falls in love type sci-fi book either.

 

As with all K’Anne Meinel’s books the characters are interesting, lively and as you read you become drawn into their lives and by the end of the book feel like you are firm friends.
Some might call me a bit of a sci-fi nerd and maybe that is true, but I really enjoyed the way this book combined the sci-fi aspect with a lesbian love interest, not something you see often. I read this book in the one sitting as it captured my interest and there was no putting it down until I had finished the book!
Once you get past the initial thoughts that pass through your mind regarding how similar you think this book might be, you will discover an interesting, funny in spots, intriguing, well-written, storyline with developed and well-rounded characters. I’m hoping that there might be a second book to this story or perhaps this could be the start of a series……
If you enjoy sci-fi yourself or know someone else who does I highly recommend you buy this book. It Will make a great gift for yourself or others.

 

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Inn the Dog House by K’Anne Meinel

Synopsis: Life has gone to the dogs for Charlie Abella. Years of showing champion Border Collies has left her feeling burned out. Moving on with her life, she heads to college and then takes on the world of business. She is blessed to find a job working in sales for the pet industry where her knowledge and skills will help her move quickly up the corporate ladder and away from the small town of Searsport, Maine where she grew up. When she loses a beloved relative, Charlie returns to Searsport for the funeral, believing now, she can finally cut all ties to her hometown.

Charlie’s only regret about moving away was leaving behind her favorite aunt. Aunt Kitty had been her champion and her anchor when she felt her own family didn’t understand her. Kitty saw herself in her young niece and understood Charlie as no one else could, so it was only natural she would choose to make her favorite niece her heir. Sadly, she knows only too well that Charlie’s family will disapprove no matter how Charlie decides to use the money she inherits.

Reagan has been left on her own to raise two children. Possessing few business skills, she is forced to take on a series of dead-end jobs that barely allow her to make ends meet. Reagan has only her faith and her children to provide solace and support. When Reagan encounters a woman dog walker on the street, she takes some comfort in feeling ‘at least she is better off than a woman with too many dogs to handle.’

Inexplicably, fate constantly causes the two women to bump into each other, and when Reagan feels herself becoming attracted to the woman, she is confused. Unlike Charlie, Reagan is not a lesbian, and she is frightened by her feelings for this woman. Will Reagan eventually act on her attraction, or will she continue to resist it?

The dogs know what is right for this couple. Now, if only the humans would listen!

 

51BpN-EjZILSapphic Review:

This is one of K’Anne’s latest Novels that has got to be a best seller!

Totally loved this book. So many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming!

You have to read this book if you like dogs or love stories.

There are a lot of different family dynamics dealt with in this book, many of which I am sure we can all identify with or know of someone who has been in similar situations. The back story to Charlie and her family could create a book in itself but was dealt with enough for you to get an idea as to why she left the area in the first place.

The business itself is something I wish was readily available here in Australia for when we need our pampered pooch looked after!

The characters are well written and you get a deep sense of who they are, although the twist at the end had me totally surprised……..

Definitely a book to read and is up there with her previous novels ‘Veil of Silence’, ‘Vetted’, ‘Doctored’, ‘Lawyered’, ‘The Outsider’ to name just a few of my favourites.

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Marked Malice by K’Anne Meinel

Synopsis:  Would you know how to bring someone back to life?  Well, Alice is not just a killer…she once brought her wife back to life.  And now, her wife has an opportunity to repay her.  But can Alice keep fact and fiction straight while trying to avoid sharing the gruesome details of her recent adventures with her teenage children?  What happens when one of the children learns some of what Alice has been through?  And what happens when Alice and Kathy realize their children aren’t the only ones aware of Alice’s deeds during her time away?  Join Kathy and Alice as they answer two vitally important questions: ‘Who believes they have damning evidence that gives them the power to control Alice Weaver?’ and ‘Can these two women salvage their marriage…do they even want to?

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Sapphic Review: When someone comes back from the dead, what legal ramifications does that bring with it? While Alice has been away who has been spying on Kathy and the kids, who has been trying to crack all of Alice’s hidden computer defences and why? How do you get finances unfrozen and sort out who is out to break you financially? So many questions need to be sorted now that Alice is back and the first one is, ‘Who’ and then ‘Why’ and to what lengths will Alice go to get her life back? Can a relationship last through all the trauma? Can children adjust to a ‘dead’ parent returning?

As always there are twists and turns you don’t see coming emotions so raw they are palpable to you as the reader.

The ending to this book truly surprised me! It’s a must read for sure……

Waiting on book 25 now……….not so patiently!!!

 

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Justified Vengeance Twisted by Tosh Baker

Synopsis: Imagine yourself as an E.P.A. Agent on a beautiful, autumn morning hiking through the rough mountain terrain of Montana. While bent over, you can hear nothing but the sound of the powerful, flowing river. You are retrieving a water sample from it. In a matter of seconds your life will change. You’ve been snatched up from behind then blindfolded, brutally raped and left for dead. Your will to survive surpasses anything that you have just experienced that day. But your fear to expose this unfortunate reality to the public would have been a humiliation for you. You chose not to share this nightmare with the world. This is what happened to Carmen and she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Now imagine yourself as a young girl, hiding inside a closet and peeking through the cracks. Your body is trembling with fear. You wet yourself at the sight of your mother being raped and brutalized. You see a loaded gun inside the closet with you and in a hopeful attempt to save her, you shoot her attacker dead. After running to your mother’s aide, you witnessed the life leaving through her eyes. You have carried this guilt with you through your adult life, wondering had you acted quicker, she still might be alive today. Sierra carried this painstaking reality with her and it’s a feeling, most would never want to experience.
Sierra found Carmen that day on the cold mountaintop and rescued her. After developing a close relationship, they were able to confide in one another. The test of will and the decisions of right or wrong played a powerful role in this exciting tale of vengeance.
Unlike your average Suspense Thriller, you will enjoy getting to know Carmen. She reveals not only her strong nature to survive, but shall entertain the reader with her witty and humorous personality. Sierra on the other hand would be considered the all American cowgirl, who is highly favored by the township in which she grew up in. She is outgoing, with a loving but independent personality. She makes her living working as a tour guide, through the native mountain terrain. Together, this team of women will deliver an amazing story with a twist. Buckle up and enjoy their adventure of friendship, love and justified vengeance.

 

41efjye-AgLSapphic Review: This is definitely a book with twists in the plot that you won’t see coming…..

The characters are interesting and well written. Admittedly there’s a love aspect to the story that as in a lot of books seems to develop very quickly but is plausible.

The women compliment each other even though they grew up in very different situations and environments, what they never realised, however, was how closely their lives had intertwined before now…..The twists to this story keep coming, keeping the suspense going right until the end.

The cover to the book is rather dark and the images hard to see but the story is well worth reading.

Tosh Baker is a new author to me and I’m now looking forward to reading not only the sequel to this book but other books written by her.

 

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Jake (Forgotten Worlds Series, book 3) by Prudence Macleod

Synopsis: Shipwrecked on an abandoned planet, injured, and facing unknown dangers, Jake must find a way to survive. Worse yet, his only companion is a super-powered alien woman who cannot function without others of her kind nearby. This is no place for a man who has lived all his life on a spaceship. Wait, what was that in the shadows?

 

51gGjCLuFMLSapphic Review: Loving this series.

How do you survive on an alien planet? How do you survive in the wild if you’ve only ever lived in a spacecraft? A human and an alien need to work it out and work it out fast if they are to survive. Get to know Jake and his stranded companion as they fight for survival. 

The ending of this book has a major twist I never saw coming, but then again anything can and does happen in this series which is one of it’s great appeals to me.

I love getting to know the characters in this series on a general level but also individually.

This book is obviously Sci-fi but there’s so much in it that is relevant to today that makes it almost plausible.

Really enjoying this series and looking forward to the next in the series. 

 

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Monitoring Malice by K’Anne Meinel

Synopsis: Alice is home and must explain to Kathy why she watched her family go on with their lives and didn’t show herself.

While she watches her wife being set up by thugs in positions of authority and is forced to witness Kathy’s first foray into dating since being widowed, Alice struggles to control her murderous temper! She must learn to be patient…very patient.

Come along for the ride as we see things from Alice’s distinct point of view.

Sapphic Review:

413JGL4j1GLIf you enjoy reading the Malice series then you really need to read this book. Find out where and what Alice has been up to in the past year or so and why she didn’t reveal to her wife and children that she was still very much alive……

This book truly brings the last few books together to fill in the blanks directly from Alice’s view and the actions she took in order to survive and make it back to her family. Just why did she hide from them, what did she work out while in hiding, who can they trust and what did she do to watch out for her family whilst remaining hidden?

Get to know the characters on a much deeper level. Find out who is still out to get them……

Love reading the Malice series, 24 is out soon and I’m hoping 25 won’t be far behind it!!

 

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Vetted Again by K’Anne Meinel

vetted againSynopsis:

Allyssa Herriot and her wife Fiona, are experiencing growing pains in this marriage of theirs. From the large animal practice they established on their ranch, to the horse rescue, to their growing family…all will put strains on the marriage as well as themselves physically, emotionally, and economically. Add in outside influences like the well-meaning friends, family, and volunteers and these things can add to the stress.
Trying to make a living on the remote ranch is hard enough, but in this modern day and age keeping up on the latest technology and ideas can motivate some and keep others from venturing outside of their comfortable little nest.
Will Allyssa and Fiona rise above the problems or fail not only at their marriage but at the businesses they have established together?
Join the continuing saga, a ranch, a rescue, a thriving veterinary practice and their lives as they juggle the things they are building together for themselves and their family.

 

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If you got to the end of Vetted and wanted to scream at K’Anne Meinel for leaving the story hanging where she did then this book will not disappoint you! There are plenty of plot twists still to come and lots of unexpected intrigue and suspense to make up for the end of the previous book!! As much as I enjoyed the previous 4 books in this series I think this one is probably my favourite. I loved being able to watch on as the characters developed and grew over the life of these books and none so much as in this one. Their family truly comes together in this final instalment and their future together solidifies. I also found myself close to tears reading this book, there are sections where I yelled at K’Anne Meinel for doing this to them….How could she? But you’ll need to read the book to find out what got me so upset at the author and ultimately what made me forgive her…..

Definitely a book to buy and a great series to buy as a gift for friends this Christmas.

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Echo (Forgotten Worlds Book 2) by Prudence MacLeod

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Echoes from the past ripple through to the present as the last humans search for a new home. A close fly over shows a planet that was colonized once before but had since been abandoned. Who was here and why did they leave? More importantly, what might they have left behind? Despite her misgivings, the Reacher’s captain agrees to investigate further.

 

Sapphic Review:

If you enjoyed SUVI then you will love this second instalment of the series. Following the lives of the crew onboard the spaceship ‘Reacher’ as they explore the universe for a suitable planet for the colonists to settle on. As with all explorations, there are setbacks, unforeseen situations that arise along with unexpected gains and alliances. This book has it all, not only that but we get a deeper understanding of the characters we were introduced to in SUVI. If you enjoy SciFi, mystery and intrigue then this is definitely the series for you. Very well written and kept me reading continuously until I had the book finished and was left wanting the 3rd book to delve straight into, unfortunately, I have to wait for the 3rd book.

You won’t regret purchasing this book! 

 

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