Weekend Reading Roundup: 5/7/21

Are you looking for something new to read this weekend? Here are our editor’s top picks for this week:

The Indie Voice Review by 46 Series Entertainment

The Indie Voice Review is an annual literary magazine published by 46 Series Entertainment. It is a collection of short stories and poems from independent artists from around the world. Proceeds from the sale of this publication go toward the purchase of books for pediatric patients in children’s hospitals around the United States.

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The Fires of Treason by Michelle Quirke

Princess Elizabeth has always idolized and supported her older brother, but when Greg is accused of treason and banished, her loyalty to him is tested in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she leaves her luxurious lifestyle behind to join him in exile, she must learn to cope with the everyday struggles of the working class, all while keeping her true identity a secret. Facing new hardships and the looming threat of execution, Elizabeth will need to toughen up if she has any chance of surviving outside the palace walls.

Prince Gregory spent his entire life trying to prove himself worthy of the crown until his banishment releases him of all the pressures and obligations that have chained him down. Although he has no intention of raising an army to defend his birthright, he soon learns that not everyone is content to let him walk away from the throne. With his sister’s safety and well-being to consider, Gregory must make a decision that will change both their lives forever.

Bits & Pieces by Dawn Hosmer

Tessa was born with a gift. Through a simple touch she picks up pieces of others. A “flash” of color devours her—the only indication that she’s gained something new from another person. Red equals pain; purple, a talent; yellow, a premonition; orange, a painful memory; and blue, a pleasant one. Each flash blurs the lines between her inherent traits and those she’s acquired from others. Whenever she gains bits of something new, she loses more pieces of herself. While assisting in search efforts for a local missing college student, Tessa is paralyzed by a flash that rips through her like a lightning bolt, slicing apart her soul. A blinding light takes away her vision. A buzzing louder than any noise she’s ever heard overwhelms her, penetrates her mind. As the bolt works its way through her body, images and feelings from someone else take over. Women’s dead eyes stare at her as her hands encircle their throats. Their screams consume her mind. Memories of the brutal murders of five women invade her. Will she be able to find the killer and help save the next victim? Can she do so without completely losing herself? Bits & Pieces is a fast-paced, riveting Psychological Suspense with supernatural elements that leaves the reader guessing until the end.

Super: a Memoir by Jon Coffey

What if you could do things no one else could? Life would be so much easier if you could run faster than a train or leap over a building. You could go anywhere—be anything you wanted to be. Dating would be easier. Money would come freely. The world would be your playground. Everything would change for the better. Well, I’m here to tell you, that just isn’t true. And I would know..

Fate’s Pawn by Rick Fox

Magic can’t solve your problems. It just makes them bigger.

Too bad Raziel hasn’t learned that yet.

He needs to escape his hometown and find a creature living in an ancient, abandoned fortress just a few miles away. He needs a way past the high walls and the knights that guard his town, through the twisting forest paths. And he needs to defend himself against the monsters lurking among the trees.

With the power of magic flowing through him and help from a few trusted friends, answers to questions that have tormented him for years are just within reach.

Or so he thinks.

The fort is no mere ruin and Raziel is not the only one seeking it. Someone else wants what lies beneath its foundations. This masked madman is coming with terrible drooling gremlins with razor sharp teeth, hideously strong ogres, and an ancient wolf spirit that has been driven mad. All of these and more are bent on destroying the fort and the nearby town.

But Raziel won’t let any of that stop him. After all, it wouldn’t be fun without a challenge.

Have you read any of these stories, or added them to your “to be read” pile? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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