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A Bend in the Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner

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A Bend in the Willow is a contemporary fiction novel by Susan Clayton-Goldner.

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Willowood, Kentucky 1965 – Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?




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Author Susan Clayton-Goldner PictureIn Willowood, Kentucky, in 1965, 18-year-old Robin Lee Carter meets violence with violence, then disappears. Forever. She reinvents herself, changes her name, and 20 years later is living a good life with her husband, Ben, a medical school dean, and their five-year-old son, Michael. Her nest of lies begins to unravel when Michael is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia. Family members make the best donors. Neither Catherine nor her husband is a match. Catherine must face her past, go back to Willowood where she knows she’ll be charged with murder, in order to find her brother and the secret son she gave up for adoption. Michael’s life is at stake and she will risk everything, even her life, to save him.

(Susan Clayton-Goldner, February 2017)

 

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Beyond the Hardwood by L. M. Nelson

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Beyond the Hardwood is the third book of the Scrubs contemporary romance series by L. M. Nelson

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From the time he was old enough to hold a basketball, Nathan Hanson dreamed of playing in the NCAA. Now a senior at Lake Washington High School, Nathan is a top-notch athlete with aspirations of attending medical school. Well known for his skills on the court, Nathan’s name and face are plastered across every sports page in Seattle. When a college recruiter catches wind of his stats, Nathan receives a visit from the head coach of the University of Washington, bringing him one step closer to making his lifelong dream a reality.

But sometimes pursuing your dreams comes with a hefty price.




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Author L. M. Nelson 320x461Beyond the Hardwood is the third book in the Scrubs series. The series itself has the same group of characters throughout. The first two books follow Randy Hanson and his friends through medical school and their individual residency placements. The third book, Beyond the Hardwood, focuses specifically on Randy’s son, Nathan.

Nathan Hanson is a high school basketball player with aspirations of medical school. He also dreams of playing in the NCAA. In the process of pursuing his dreams, he struggles to find balance in his life. To overcome this problem, he seeks advice from his father, who is a physician in Seattle, and his mother, who is a sports psychologist and former NCAA basketball player. He includes his long time girlfriend in his decision making process, and together they make plans for their futures. However, life doesn’t always go as planned. Certain events occur in Nathan’s life that could potentially threaten his plans.

This particular book gives a realistic account of significant events that help shape Nathan into the adult he becomes. Some events are celebratory, others are tragic, but all of them are learning opportunities that lead to growth. Although I didn’t personally face all of the issues Nathan does, each one of us has had personal roadblocks we’ve had to overcome in the pursuit our dreams. Nathan faces his own roadblocks, but he learns to utilize his strengths and find ways to improve on his weaknesses along the way. He gains a stronger understanding of the power of compromise, learns not to take anything for granted, and discovers the true value of friendship.

Nathan is one of my favorite characters in the Scrubs series. He’s down to earth, fun-loving, and just an all around good guy. He has a unique sense of humor and genuinely cares about people. He has his moments of weakness, just like every other human being, but through it all, he’s taught a valuable lesson in humility.

Nathan will return in the fourth book, Center Stage.

(L. M. Nelson, November 2016)

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Other Books in the Same Series

 Book 1 РScrubs

 Book 2 РSand & Sutures

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Rise by Luis Almonte

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Rise is the first book of the Trifecta Series by Luis Almonte.

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Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Alexia Wick is an ordinary girl, with extraordinary abilities. She attends the prestigious South Haven Academy for the Gifted and Talented, but unknown to the other students, she is an Alerium witch. The daughter of a High Priest and Priestess, Alexia must learn to navigate the pressures of high school, all while preparing for one of the biggest competitions of her life- the Annual Trials.

Skill, stamina, and loyalty will all be tested in Rise, the first installment of the Trifecta Series. In this debut contemporary fantasy novel, magic gets real as Alexia trains for the Annual Trials, which pits teen against teen, by focusing on her craft and pushing her magic and spell casting abilities to their absolute limit. When the handsome and confident Kaleb moves into town, he offers Alexia a welcome distraction from the Trials, but a dark secret could soon tear them apart.

In the trials arena, friendships will be put to the test, fears will be confronted head-on, and powerful spells will be unleashed. When Alexia is confronted with the ultimate game of chance, and is torn between her Ô¨Ārst real love and the allegiance that binds her to her coven, will she buckle under the weight of the pressure … or will she rise to the challenge?




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author-luis-almonte-pictureRise is unlike anything else I’ve written before. As a poet and flash-fiction writer, I had to reach deep into my creative psyche to create the world that resides within the context of my debut young adult novel. When I first began this journey, I knew I wanted to create a story that read and felt differently from what is currently on the market, and I experimented with different points of views before finally settling on the first person narrative. By doing so, I hope I’ve created a three-dimensional character that readers can both identify with and root for, and that can’t help but tag along on Alexia’s journey alongside her. Here’s a brief synopsis of the novel:

Fifteen-year-old Alexia Wick seems like any other gifted student at South Haven Academy but she has a secret: she is a witch. Alexia’s life depends on keeping this secret…and success means that she’ll miss her chance at love.The daughter of a high priest and priestess of the Alerium coven, she must navigate cruel gossip and shaky alliances while preparing for the biggest competition of her life, the Annual Trials.

In Rise, the first of the Trifecta trilogy, magic gets real. As Alexia trains with her mentor on spells and combat-oriented magic, she pushes her abilities to their absolute limit. With the power to call up wind, fire and water, her magic is as deadly as it is beautiful. Add to the mix her creative blending of different spells to create new magic, and the boundaries break wide open.

As the three witch covens battle for control, the vampires take advantage of their weakened front. Facing an all-out war, she is torn between her Ô¨Ārst real love and the allegiance that binds her to the Alerium coven. She must rise to the challenge in order to save everything she holds dear.

(Luis Almonte, November 2016)

 

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