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SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT- DESOLATION BY M.L. BANNER

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Desolation-Ebook

Title: Desolation

Author: ML Banner

Genre: Science Fiction

A #1 Hot New Release in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

A world devastated: a sky filled with magical auroras at night and deadly radiation during the day; technology all but gone; hundreds of millions dead by fire, starvation, disease and violence. The survivors will have to face their own desolation.


Three groups struggle to endure and hold onto what little they have, while others will do anything to take it all. On a beach in Mexico, a small town in Wyoming, and a rural ranch in Illinois, epic battles between good and evil will be fought. Winners will have to face forces of nature never seen before.
But there is a dim light on the horizon. A 150 year old secret may lead the lucky few to a place that holds the promise of a new future, unless the sun sets on humanity first.


The stunning follow up to the #1 Amazon Best Seller STONE AGE.

Movie Rating: PG-17 for descriptions of violence and language.

 

 BOOK REVIEW

I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

Desolation is a great  apocalyptic story. I didn’t read the first book called STONE AGE, but it was not hard to follow this story. It has a great storyline, with well-developed characters. The world building is just awesome. The story follows a group of people that know each other, they are friends and family. When a massive solar storm knocks everything out (all electronics), cars will not run that have computers in them, cell phones, computers, etc. Anything electronic will not work. The radiation from the storm is rising, and slowly killing plant life, animals, and eventually humans. These different groups of people must get to a place called Cicada, is the key to their salvation. This is a great story that kept my interest throughout the book, and made me want more. I give DESOLATION 4/ 5 stars.

 

EXCERPT

From Chapter 16:

Blood and Water!

Western Nebraska

 

Melanie’s thirst was insatiable as she pushed down again on the old pump handle, summoning another refreshing torrent of water. She drank, filled her water bottle, and then doused her head and neck, cooling her body down, slurping the last drops as the gushing flow trailed off into rivulets. She had had her fill. Not so insatiable after all, she mused.

The well pump was located in back, conveniently visible from the driveway of the farmhouse she had been approaching for the last hour. When she spied the pump, she had paid no mind to the state of the house, or to whether it was occupied or not. She regarded it now.

Before their escape module had crashed, she could see that all of North and South America were dark. This was no doubt the result of the giant solar storm that took out the ISS’s systems. She was pretty sure that anarchy reigned in the cities, but unsure if its ugliness had yet taken root in the more rural western states, where she was. Being one to not take chances, she approached the house with care, hoping that her caution was overdone, and she would find Ma and Pa Kettle having their Sunday dinner. Speaking of which, she was hungry.

She painstakingly peeked in each of the back windows, following the wrap-around porch, finding no one moving about. However, there were several signs of occupancy, and one in particular that caused her concern. Her vision and focus, previously lost in a haze of dehydration, were now sharp and hyper aware as she approached the back door. Its small window, about chest height to her, was broken. She peeked through the jagged opening, looking into the home’s kitchen. A light breeze blew through the opening, brushing the single curtain aside, and then letting it fall back into place. Each breeze revealed more of what she was looking at: lots of dishes and discarded food strewn around the kitchen; a wood-burning stove–it was on, its heat visible–and resting on top, an old camp-fire coffeepot with steam gushing from its spout; and a man.

Melanie hurriedly looked to her left and then right and then back through the breach again, attempting to will the curtain aside once more so that she could see. A man with crazy hair dressed in overalls walked out of a large pantry into the kitchen. He wrapped a folded towel around the coffeepot’s handle to temper the heat.

One of the porch’s old wood floor boards creaked, sounding an alarm behind her. She spun, shocked, as she was staring at the ugliest mug of a man she could ever remember seeing. Rotten breath and the words, “What do we have here?” spilled from a mouth missing several teeth. The gun he pointed at her and everything about him announced this was one bad dude.

 

Author Bio

Hello lovers of apocalyptic fiction!

I devour the same books I enjoy writing: science fiction, but especially anything apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic or dystopian. I love stories about regular people being put into extra ordinary circumstances, and having to rely on their own cunning and that of others to survive.

Stone Age & DESOLATION are that kind of story. They’re fast moving, have some regular and amazing characters who must make life changing decisions, all while the world is experiencing an apocalypse unlike anything imagined.

When not writing fiction, my wife and I split time between Tucson, Arizona and the sunny beaches of Mexico. I also write for a few blogs, and I still write articles to assist small business owners for one of the companies I founded, SmallBiZ.com.

Links

http://www.amazon.com/DESOLATION-ML-Banner-ebook/dp/B00OQJEGTC

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23508928-desolation

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE- DAISIES IN THE CANYON BY CAROLYN BROWN

Book Description
Publication Date: December 16, 2014
She’s here to claim her birthright…
Ex-army sergeant Abby Malloy feels no loss after the father she never knew passes away. Still, part of Ezra Malloy’s ranch belongs to her, and if the stubborn blonde has to live there for a year with two half-sisters who are strangers to her, so be it. Nothing could stand in the way of her inheritance…except a local sheriff wrapped in snug blue jeans and a sexy grin.

He’s here to claim her heart…
Cooper Wilson, the local sheriff and rancher next door, is having his world turned upside down. Abby is all straight talk and sweet, lush curves—the kind of woman who gets under his skin in just the right way. Whereas Cooper has roots in Palo Duro Canyon, Abby’s got wings. But he knows she belongs here. If she can stop running from her past, he’ll happily lead her to a brighter future, one hot cowboy kiss at a time.

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I was given a copy of this book by NETGALLEY for an honest review.

DAISIES IN THE CANYON is a very sweet, quick read. The characters and story line are very well-developed. Abby didn’t know her father and when he dies she has to go to the funeral. When she gets there she finds out that she has two half-sisters and they have to stay on the ranch together for a year to get their inheritance, the ranch. If they fail to live on the ranch for a year they will get a settlement and they sign over their portion of the ranch. When Abby meets Cooper Wilson there is an instant attraction and things quickly start to heat up between them. I loved the exchange between the sisters as they start to become a real family. They start to care for one another and need to know where they are going when they leave the ranch so they will not worry. Carolyn Brown is the Queen of western romance. I love everything that she has written and I cannot wait for more. I urge you to pick up this book and anything else by this author. She will make you laugh and cry with her characters. I give DAISIES IN THE CANYON 5/5 STARS.

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE BOOK REVIEW- THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS COWBOYS BY CAROLYN BROWN

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Book Description
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
“Funny, frank, and full of heart.” –USA Today Happy Ever After on One Hot Cowboy Wedding

Can a girl ever have too many cowboys?
No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fiddle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher are both tall, handsome, and rich…and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She’s doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time-too bad it’s dark-eyed Sawyer O’Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum…

Praise for The Cowboy‘s Mail Order Bride:
“Another heartwarming read from the amazing Carolyn Brown…overflowing with romance and laughter.” -Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Pick
“Will leave readers swooning and wishing they had their very own cowboy.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
“Another scrumptious, heartwarming story by author extraordinaire Carolyn Brown.” -Romance Junkies

BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON

I was given a copy of this by Netgalley for an honest review.

The Queen of Cowboys does it again, with a funny, feuding families good time. THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS COWBOYS has down to earth characters and a great storyline. What do you do when you are stuck between two families who are feuding?  Try to not get involved in it, but when they constantly put you in the middle, you fight back. Jill has come to Burnt Boot, Texas to help her Aunt Gladys with her ranch, but she doesn’t know that she has hired Sawyer as her foreman. Now they are living in the bunkhouse together, and things get a little heated. Now they are both being stalked by both families as marriage material. When the Pig War starts and pulls both Jill and Sawyer in the middle, Jill fights back. They also have to stick together to survive this feud. I love Carolyn Browns books. Who wouldn’t with sexy cowboys. This is a great book and I recommend it to everyone. I give THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS COWBOYS 5/5 stars.

 

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BOOK REVIEW – “FLAMING HOT” LYNN LAFLUER

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Book Description
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Big and bold, strong and sexy, the firefighters of the Lanville, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department know how to turn up the heat. . .
Fiery

Sparks fly the moment Eve and Quade meet. Fear of heartbreak makes them wary but neither can deny the scorching waves of desire that leave them wanting so much more. . .

Flare

Paige wonders about Cort’s past but she can’t ignore the heat she feels inside every time he touches her. And things only get hotter when this sexy firefighter takes her to the heights of extreme carnal pleasure. . .

Flash

For years Kirk has kept a secret that not even his twin knows. But the arrival in town of a sexy newcomer turns up the heat and keeps the flames of passion burning all night long. . .

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I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

I don’t know what it was about this book, but I just could not finish it. I know this is an Erotica, but I have other Erotica novel, and they did not feel as every other page was sex. There is three stories in this book and I could not get through the second story. The first story was pretty good, but from there the next story I could not finish even by skimming over some of the story. Some might like this book, but it just was not for me. So, I give this book 1/ 5 stars. It just was not worth finishing.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE- “Cowboy Boots for Christmas: (Cowboy not included) (Burnt Boot, Texas)” BY CAROLYN BROWN

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Book Description
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
‘Tis the season for…
Feasting
Frolicking
And…Feuding?

All he wants for Christmas is peace and quiet…
After two tours in Afghanistan, retired Army sniper Finn O’Donnell believes his new ranch outside the sleepy little town of Burnt Boot, Texas, is the perfect place for an undisturbed holiday season. But before he can settle in, an old friend shows up looking for protection and a place where nobody knows her name.

But that’s going to take a miracle…
Callie Brewster must relocate to protect her young nephew, Martin, and the only person she trusts is her old Army friend, Finn. Burnt Boot seems like the perfect place to be anonymous, but it turns out a small town with big drama is no place to hide…

Praise for The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby:
“Featuring a down-home cast of characters that feel more like family than fiction, this story makes for the perfect escape.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON

I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

COWBOY BOOTS FOR CHRISTMAS is a heartwarming, sweet read. When Callie’s Nephew witnesses a murder she does not want to go into witness protection. She goes to her Army buddy’s ranch. She knows that they will be safe with Finn O’Donnell. Callie has always loved Finn, but while they were in the service they could not be together. Then Finn fell in love with someone. Now Finn is free and could there actually be a chance for them.  Finn finds out while Callie and her nephew are living with him that he is still in love with her. Plus they have to deal with a feud between two of Burnt Boot’s prominent families, which makes for some fun times. Also they adopt so many animals that show up on their doorstep, and take in three kids whose lives are being disrupted  during the holiday season. This is such an endearing read that will have you laughing with the characters in this book. It is so well written and the characters are very likeable. I give this book 5/5 stars. Carolyn Brown hits it out of the ballpark, and I cannot wait until the next book.

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