Happy Fall! I love this time of year when the leaves are changing, the nights are cooler, and apples are in abundance. Halloween and Thanksgiving are ahead promising joy, fun, and family. Rainy nights by the fire can’t be too far behind, I hope. In these cozy moments is the perfect time to read a great book. Here are three amazing stories that have taken me to new worlds, offered a different perspective, or introduced a character I’ll never forget. I may have finished reading them, but they linger in my thoughts.
I’m continuing my format using the blurbs over my reviews. I want to focus more on the stories or poems that moved me enough to “change” me.
In no particular order, the books and their blurbs
Guns of Perdition (The Armageddon Showdown Book 1)
IT TAKES GRACE TO HUNT WHEN IT’S DARKSOME
Jessie expects he’ll be forever cleaning up after the cowpokes of the Bad Hoss Saloon. That’s until the day a drifter strides through the doors, and blows away a blood-sucking demon, along with Jessie’s belief in an everyday world. Jessie is captivated by the enigmatic Grace, with her pearl-handled revolvers, and wolf companion. He throws in his normal life and follows her across the Wild West, as she hunts down and slays the evil creatures that roam the frontier.
Along the way, they seek the aid of a Native American warrior, cross paths with a Cajun Queen, and encounter a small-town tycoon with a deadly hunger for gold. Animosity and distrust plague Grace and Jessie, and their strange group of allies, but they must put their differences behind them if they’re to have any hope of finding and defeating the frontier’s true evil, the Darksome Gunman.
The Armageddon Showdown is a dark-fantasy, weird western series of epic proportions, focusing on the age-old battle between good and evil, though in the Wild West, it’s not always clear just who is good and who is evil.
Join Grace Dyer and her band of miscreants as they battle demons and demi-gods, in the frontier’s deadliest conflict…the Armageddon Showdown.
A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge #2)
by Marcia Meara
In Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, returns to the rugged beauty of the North Carolina mountains, introducing a little boy whose remarkable gift will change the world for everyone he meets.
“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”
The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with the Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives nor his, are ever the same again.
The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power light up the darkness, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.
by Harmony Kent
I killed someone, you see. I killed the girl, who used to be me.
I’m Kate … Kate Charlesworth. I’m seventeen, and self-harming. This time I cut too deep, and I’m in hospital. I hadn’t meant for it to be so bad—it just sort of happened. I needed a lot of distraction that day.
You’ve had bad days, right? Days it hurts too much to think. Days you just wanna stay in bed. Days when the world needs to go away for a while. Right?
What do you do when you’ve hit rock bottom? When there’s nowhere left to turn?
This one little mistake lands me back on a psych unit—the last place I wanna be. Only this time, the nurse I end up with isn’t content to stick on a band-aid and send me home. She wants me to face my demons. But to do that, I’ll have to face who I am … who I used to be … I’ll have to find Katie.
Embrace your inner child by reading a fabulous book! D. L. Finn
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Wow! I’m honoured to be listed with these other two fabulous books and authors. And I’m thrilled that Kate stayed with you. Thanks so much, Denise. You’ve put a smile on my face for the whole week! 😁💕😁
It really has Harmony and I will definitely won’t forget Katie or her story:)
Wonderful to see so many worthy authors here today.
Thanks, Craig 😊
Thanks Craig they really are:)
What a great post, Denise. Of the three, I’ve only read Harmony’s Finding Katie, and like you, I can say it changed me. ♥ I’m looking forward to reading Marcia’s entire Wake-Robin Ridge series. And, I’m adding Jessica’s book to my reading list. Thank you for spotlighting these wonderful writers!
Thanks so much, Gwen. That means a lot.
Like you, I still have to get around to these other books 🙂
Thanks, Gwen:) I still reflect on Finding Katie. I can’t wait to finish the Wake-Robin Ridge series. You have some good reading ahead.
Happy autumn, Denise. You chose three wonderful authors to highlight here. Best wishes to all of them. And thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Thanks, Staci 🙂
Thanks, Staci they certainly are.
WOW! I’m so honored (and excited) to see A Boy Named Rabbit included here, Denise, especially in such good company! The thought that you feel Rabbit’s story changed you is making me smile all over! And you know what? His story changed me, too. Just before falling asleep one night, I “heard” Sarah’s voice (my heroine in Wake-Robin Ridge) say, “There’s a little boy alone in the wilderness, and you need to tell his story.” And by the time I woke up in the morning, Rabbit had moved into my head. (Apparently for keeps). I knew who he was and why he was alone in the mountains, and went straight to my computer to let him dictate his story to me. He hasn’t stopped talking to me since. 😀
To think he’s touched you in a positive way makes me very, very happy. Thanks again for including his story here today! 🙂 <3
As soon as I finish the EMISSARY series, I’ll have to get to the WRR series, lols.
I love how Rabbit came to you at night, Marcia and I’m SO glad he did! I can’t wait to more more:)
What a fabulous round up of books and authors, Denise. I’ve read Jess’s book and also Marcia’s, and loved them both. Finding Kate is one I’ve yet to read, but everything I have read by Harmony has been fantastic, so I know that book will be too. Congratulations to all three authors!
Thanks so much, Mae 🙂
I read Jessica and Marcia’s books after seeing your reviews, so thank you Mae. I agree Harmony’s books are always well done and this one really gets into the head of its character.
So glad my reviews led you to them. They were both awesome, and I look forward to discovering Harmony’s too. She always tells an excellent story!
A terrific list of books, Denise. I enjoyed your reviews as well. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, John, I appreciate that. It’s always a hard pick.
Great list and nice idea using the blurbs.
Thanks Jacqui. I didn’t want it to seem like this is a book review post.
An exciting group of books, Denise! And I have not read any of these yet. Your recommendation is enough to prompt me to hurry them up!
You have some good reading ahead, Jan:)
I like your list Denise. Thanks for the recommendation. Love that picture that highlights fall.
Thanks Balroop:) That’s our maple out front, from a couple seasons ago. I loved when the trees change.
Great group of authors featured here today, Denise. And that’s a beautiful maple tree. Happy first day of autumn!
It is a great group Joan:) Happy first day of autumn and my favorite maple in our yard.
OMG!! Denise, what a fabulous honour!!! I’m stunned and thrilled to be featured here among such stellar company! I’m recovering from a bit of surgery at the moment and am feeling a bit sore and sorry for myself, so finding this this morning put a HUGE smile on my face. Thank you SO much!!!
Yay for smiles! I hope you heal up quickly, Jessica:) Your book had to be on this list.
Aw, thanks 🤗❤️
I hope you feel better soon, Jessica 🙂
Getting there slowly, Harmony! Thanks for the best wishes 🤗
🍁🍂Happy Autumn, Denise!🍂🍁
Interesting selection of books. Congrats to the authors!🎉
It is an interesting selection of good reads for sure, Vashti:) Happy Autumn!
Thanks, Vashti 🙂
Yay for smiles! I hope you heal up quickly, Jessica:) Your book had to be on this list.
I absolutely adore Rabbit, have Jessica’s coming up soon in my TBR, and have read another book of Harmony’s. Fantastic selection of books, Denise!
Thanks, Teri:) I can’t wait to continue reading about Rabbit. Happy reading!
Thanks, Teri 🙂
I’ve read Guns of Perdition and have Rabbit in my kindle waiting for me. Thanks for sharing Harmony’s book, Denise. It sounds like a wonderful tale of self-discovery. I can see why it was so memorable. I need to head to Amazon. Happy Reading, Denise.
I want to finish Rabbits story soon, such a memorable character! Thank you, Diana,:) Happy reading to you too!
Thanks, Diana 🙂
Three wonderful reviews, Denise. I am nearly finished Jessica’s books and have really enjoyed Grace and her motley crew.
Thanks Robbie. Yes, I really enjoyed Grace and her crew so much I had to add Guns of Perdition to my list!
Hi, Denise! All three books read enticing but “Guns of Perdition” is climbing fast on my TBR list. That’s my kind of book. Autumn is my favorite time of the year too. I’m curious to read your reviews of these books. Have a fantastic day, my friend! <3
Thanks, Vashti:) I think you will enjoy it. The story had a “Dark Towers” feel to me. Happy reading! Xo
Sounds like keepers:)
They are xoxo
An exceptional collection, Denise. Hugs on the wing!
Thanks, Teagan:) Hugs on the wing back xo
Love Rabbit! <3 The other two are on my TBR. Thanks for sharing, Denise. Congrats all around!
Thanks, Bette 🙂