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Winning Against Endo with Books

Who doesn’t love receiving book mail?! Or any kinda’ mail for that matter, as long as it’s not bills, right? Well I’ve received more than I’m used to this week and I wanted to share it with you all, I’ll even include the synopsis.

First I’ll share the books I won off of Goodreads and Twitter! The one off of Twitter was from @HarperVoyagerUK and the author @JoshMalerman, it was: Black mad wheel

Synopsis: The DANES, the band once known as the ‘Darlings of Detroit’, are washed up and desperate to have another number one hit.

When an agent from the US Army approaches them with an unusual offer, they believe it could be the answer to their inspiration drought. So, under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes decide to embark on a harrowing journey through scorching African desert to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound.

In a Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious, and his broken body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient as he reveals more about his accident with each passing day.

BLACK MAD WHEEL plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.

I then have two Goodreads wins the first of which is a hard copy of:Rescued Second chance dogs

Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road comes a heartwarming and humorous look at what rescue dogs can teach us about life, love, and ourselves.

In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Rescue Road, acclaimed journalist Peter Zheutlin returns with a captivating new look into the world of rescue dogs that will charm and inspire dog lovers everywhere. Sharing lessons from his own experiences adopting two Labs with large personalities-as well as stories and advice from dozens of families and rescue advocates on the realities of caring for rescues-Zheutlin reveals astonishing and wonderful life lessons rescue dogs can teach us, including:

  • How to “walk a mile in a dog’s paws” to get a brand-new perspective
  • Why living with a dog will never be one continuous Hallmark moment (and why that’s OK!)
  • Ways to rediscover your joyous inner child, live in the moment, and accept change gracefully
  • How to set the world right, one dog at a time

For anyone who loves, lives with, or has ever wanted a dog, this book will warm your heart and show how the dogs whose lives we save can change ours for the better as well.

Win #2 from Goodreads was an e-book which I happened to buy the first in the series before knowing I won!

Crazed Jacob Stone

Synopsis and Praise: “A dark and different serial killer novel that will haunt the reader long after the book is closed.” —John Lutz on Deranged
L.A. detective Morris Brick has seen the face of evil. He has witnessed the grisly handiwork of a deranged sadist known as SCK—the Skull Cracker Killer. But Brick isn’t the only one watching. A crazed lunatic’s interest in the case has turned into a deadly obsession. This sicko vows to outdo SCK and reach new heights of macabre mayhem. The mounting body count is a personal challenge to Brick. But as he lays his trap, he can hardly imagine the evil he is about to face . . .

Praise for Deranged,  the first Morris Brick thriller

“A fascinating and exciting blend of misdirection, topsy-turvy, and violence.” —Reed Farrel Coleman

“Grisly fun. It’s James Ellroy meets Alfred Hitchcock on the psychotic side of the street.” —Paul Levine

“Compelling, thrilling, and frightening.” —Vincent Zandri

Then there’s a treat I bought myself because I like learning about religious history somewhat and that’s:

Padre Pio

Synopsis: Padre Pio died September 23, 1968, his funeral attended by over 100,000 people. During the fifty-eight years he was a priest, his monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, became a mecca for pilgrims from all over the world. Born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 at Pietrelcina in southeastern Italy, Padre Pio joined the Capuchin Order in 1903 and was ordained in 1910. On September 20, 1918 he received the sacred wounds of Christ, or the stigmata, which he bore the rest of his life.

Renowned for the stigmata, which modern medical science could not explain, Padre Pio also possessed other unusual qualities, such as bilocation, celestial perfume, the reading of hearts, miraculous cures, remarkable conversions and prophetic insight. Although he did not leave his monastery and was under obedience not to write or preach, this humble Capuchin monk became world famous, especially as a confessor, and he was universally regarded as a Saint in his own time. Hundreds of thousands worldwide rejoiced when Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was beatified on May 2, 1999 and canonized on June 16, 2002.

“Remember that God is within us when we are in His grace, and outside of us when we are in sin.” -Padre Pio

Then there’s the wonderful book mail from one of my book besties! Along with it I received a Ty beanie baby and a little poem card.  Book #1 is:

Flame in the Mist

Synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

Book #2 is:

Poison's Kiss

Synopsis: A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like– a poison kiss– and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books but they will have to wait until after I get my reviews done! Happy reading you all!



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