Reign of Pride
Dark Reign Book 1
by A.G. Kirkham
Genre: Contemporary Mafia Romance
Nero was born and raised to take over “La Famiglia”. It is his destiny. Along with this power
comes traditions, one being marrying a dutiful wife to have dutiful babies and raise them to
respect the ways of the family. It is a severe handicap to fall in love. Enemies take those you
love and use them to their advantage. Can Nero resist the youth and charm of Felicia or will
she be the downfall of his destiny? Can he lose all he desires by letting his heart rule instead of
his head?
Felicia always knew that she would be promised in marriage, but was assured by her father that
her future husband would be a man that she could fall in love with and would love her in return.
Instead, when an attack hits the school, Felicia grabs her friend’s hand and they run for their
lives. Her quick thinking saved them both and her reward, Nero. Felicia understands tradition
and the ways of the Famiglia but was not prepared to marry the next Capo. How does she
make a man made of ice fall in love with her?
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“I am rattled awake by the car jolting over potholes in the road. My head aches and when, I move
my head, I feel something oozing down my face. My hands are bound. I force my eyes open. I must be
dreaming. I blink to force the haze out of my mind and refocus. Zio Amate is in the front seat next to a
husky man.
“She’s awake,” the guy says.
“Fuck, I was hoping we could drop her off without her seeing me,” he exclaims, not even
acknowledging my presence.
“Doesn’t matter. When they’re done with her, she won’t be able to say your name,” says the
slimeball.
I start looking around and make an attempt to open the door. I would prefer taking my chances
rolling out of a moving car then what they have in store for me.
“Sorry, Felicia, that won’t work,” Zio Amate states, barely acknowledging my presence.
“Why? What did I do to you?” I probe, the throbbing in my head getting worse.
“You’re a casualty of war. It’s time for a change in La Famiglia. If Nero can’t control his men
and they end up shooting each other, and then he loses his wife to a rival family, the men won’t follow
him as a leader and Marco Moretti will be forced to give the title to someone else. Someone who’s
capable. I will petition the underbosses and I will win,” Amate says. “I bet your Nero is losing his mind
right about now. He’s going to lose his mind and his wife. He will not be able to control his emotions and
they will see him as the immature and incapable man that he is. Not a chance he will be the Don our
Famiglia needs.”
“He will come for me,” I vow.
“I hope he does. Then they will kill you both and I won’t have to endure any other problems.”
He turns his back to me while his sidekick sneers at me in the rear-view mirror. We drive for at
least another hour before heading down a dirt road to a secluded building. It looks abandoned but that
doesn’t stop the slimeball from hauling me out of the car. He grabs my hands and leads me like cattle to
slaughter while Amate leads the way into the building.
We are met by three men. Three lethal, hard, gorgeous men. Two of them are blond with blue
eyes. The one in the centre has wavy chestnut hair and smoke gray eyes. All extremely large, not fat, but
very big. They could crush me in an instant, but I refuse to cower. I am a Moretti; I will not weep or beg
for mercy.
I straighten my shoulders and walk with purpose. I keep my eyes forward and chin held high.
“I have delivered my part of the deal,” Amate declares. He pulls me forward by my hands and
throws me toward them. I stumble into one on the big guys, who grabs me before I hit the ground.
“I can see that,” says one of the other guys.
“You remember our deal. You do whatever you want with her, then you send her to Nero in
pieces. Fuck her, whore her out, whatever, just make sure that when she speaks her last words to Nero, he
knows that she has suffered,” he says.
I cringe at his words. I have heard what happens to women caught between feuding families.
“Don’t tell me how to do my job, Amate. I’m the Don of the Viale family; I shall do what I want
with her with no commands from you.” He looks me up and down. “You brought me battered goods. Is
this how you present a gift?”
“She put up a fight. We had to restrain her,” the slimeball says.
The Don turns his attention to one of the men behind him. “Sebastian, take Mrs. Moretti to the
waiting room.”
I don’t want to go with him, but my options are limited. I could make an attempt to fight, but
that’s only going to make me—and, therefore, my family—weak. I’m no match for these guys and there
are too many of them. I’m just going to have to brazen it out and hope Nero finds me before it’s too late.
But I will make him proud no matter what my fate.”

Excerpt from Reign of Pride

About the Author
I was born in a small town in Italy. My parents are loving people; and true traditionalists. I grew
up being a chatterbox of a child and evolved into a quiet and shy teenager. I was definitely not
the life of the party. As a matter of fact, I never wanted to go to any high school dances or any
activities the school offered. I was good with being alone. I had to grow into my own and I
eventually became the fun loving, open-minded and creative person I am now. I love the ‘me’ I
have become and I am grateful that this is where I have landed.
Writing is my release and I have escaped in my imagination to some incredible places meeting
the most awesome characters. I also wanted to be a rock star but anyone who has ever heard
me sing kindly convinced me that I do not have any talent. (In other words, I suck at it.)
Although I have been writing since I was in grade school, and I am a hopeless romantic.
Why I write romance? I thrive on two individuals connecting in mind, body and soul. The
understanding of wants and needs and placing them as a priority and not out of fear of losing
them or because you feel you need to concede; you do it because it feels easy and right in your
own heart.
My other passion is cooking! I enjoy making meals for my family and friends and bantering
around the table. I have colourful people in my life and they all add to my rainbow. I love music!
I like it all, depending on my mood.
And lastly, I love to travel. I want to enjoy all that life has to offer. I want to meet people, learn
from them and create the most fantastic, sexy love stories. If I can do this overlooking the ocean
and feeling the breeze wash over me then I have my heaven on earth.
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Altered Helix

Altered Helix Altered Helix Series, Novella One by Stephanie Hansen Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too? The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger. Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good. **Only .99 cents!**Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read

Stranded Coil Altered Helix Series, Novella 2

For Austria, travelling to the Stranded Coil means she gets to see someone she believed was lost. She’s able to do this because she’s an Altered Helix. But doing so takes her away from her first true love, Josh. Josh is working hard to keep their Haunted House family safe on Earth, but seems to fall in love with Austria more with every second they spend together. Austria and Josh face a devastating challenge, the mysterious appearance of Mutant Altered Helixes, and an enticingly dangerous answer to their questions. Impulsive, caring, and full of surprises, this teenage love against the odds is well on its way to breaking even…maybe. **Only .99 cents!** Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read

Paralleled Bond Altered Helix Series, Novella 3

When the only option left means losing someone you love, you have no options. How could you, how could you save one person you care about, when doing so would harm another? What if they weren’t even letting you choose but choosing for you? You’d have to intervene without letting them know, right? To be an Altered Helix and put others in danger is the new reality for Austria. Luckily someone’s there to catch her when she falls, Josh, and fall she does, in love that is. While witnessing her family being put in danger, Austria’s haunted house family grows. Now that Austria has found a way to defeat Mutant Altered Helixes after her, a dangerous stream of events occur to those around her. Just when the family has finally come together, could they be ruined? The amazing conclusion to the Altered Helix series, Paralleled Bond displays the results when polar opposites come together for the greater good. **Only .99 cents!**Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read

Stephanie Hansen’s short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Fighting For Home

Fighting For Home Descendants of the Amazoi Book 1 by Kim Richards Genre: Historical Fantasy

In 300 B.C.—the Greco-Roman Age—tribes of warrior women thrived near the Black Sea. The area is now modern-day Turkey. The Greeks called them Amazoi (meaning Mankiller). Inspired by their story, Fighting for Home sings the tale of one tribe as they battle to save their way of life. Healing magic is real! Ilenea and Saphira, the wolf sisters, battle close to home with others of their generation. A healer priestess named Essla travels to a temple of Artemis at Anthela with her male slave, bringing a call to arms for the pending war. She meets and falls in love with a Roman General. Whatever the outcome, this war changes everyone. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords

Kim Richards is an author, editor, and book formatter. She writes horror, fantasy, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and children’s books under her name Kim Richards and two pseudonyms: Sharie Silva and Kim Bundy. Born and raised in Roswell, NM Kim now lives in Northern California where she is supervised by two cats and a small dog. She enjoys sewing, bellydancing, music, movies, and occasionally gardening. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads

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August Is Here

I don’t know about you all, but I have a hard time keeping up with what day it is. Time seems to pass more and more quickly as I get older. Well, here we are at the beginning of August 2020. It has been one crazy year so far. I hope you have been able to find time to do some reading along the way.

Here are some of the things happening in August.

Lots of new books reviews of course are coming. I have been amazed at the number of request that have been coming in. Lots of different genres, authors, and really great stories are ahead.

I will also be revamping the website a little bit with addition of several new sections. One section will highlight the Between The Pages webcast that I co-host with my friend Vickie Bley. It airs Thursday nights on https://www.facebook.com/SouthernPenBookshop page at 7:30 pm EST. Each Thursday we interview an indie author who has their books at The Southern Pen Bookshop in Monroe, GA. The Southern Pen carries only indie authors.

Another section will link to my other business, Creative Indie Author Services. I offer a number of services to Indie Authors as well as book related merchandise.

A third section will list some groups that I find useful as well as some I just enjoy.

I hope you will Join us this month. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Mary

The Rumble Hunters

By Courtney B. Dunlap

Five year old James is awakened in the night to a rumbling sound. He heads out to investigate the sound. Along the way he is joined by his siblings and their variety of pets. The adventure has them exploring in the dark where their imagination make the shadows come alive . Through delightful prose and wonderful illustrations the kids finally find the source of the noise. It is a delightful book that will have your kids giggling at bedtime. I loved this book! It was fun the illustrations were fabulous!

Color Blind Friends

by William Bentrim

In this book Mikey, who is white, and Dejon, who is black discuss the events of 2020. From the pandemic, wearing masks, corrupt cops, racial unrest and looting. They agree that there are good and bad in all groups. It is a refreshing look at adult subjects from the prospective of a young person. The boys c0me to realize that change is needed and they can help make that change for future generations. This is an excellent book for our current times and events.

Little Black Girl

by Brittany Green

Little Black Girl is a wonderfully written and illustrated story that reminds young girls of their worth. The author references famous black women from Egyptian Queens to current pop culture icons like Oprah and Beyonce. This story encourages young girls to reach their potential and to always remember their worth.

A Place With A Past

by Marlene Ratledge Buchanan

Some secrets stay dead and buried. Some come back to haunt you.

Patty was mourning the death of her beloved  Great Aunt Belle, or “Ring a Ding, as she called her. As the only living  family member, she became the heir to the family farm and the surprising contents. Patty never expected to inherit two ghosts, and family secrets that had long been buried. In a town where everyone knows everything about their neighbors, murder, moonshine, and mystery threatens her happiness with William. Will Patty and William be able to solve the mystery and put the spirits to rest or will Clarisse and Morton drive them away? This cozy mystery will have you thinking twice about opening closed doors.

My 10 Red Hot Reads!

To me anytime is a good time to read. Summer is here and some folks are headed to the lake or the mountains or the beach to relax. Why not take along a great book to read while you are relaxing? Some of my personal favorites will be listed below. Check out the review page for more information on what the book is about. Although I am calling them “red hot reads” they are not all romance or sizzle. There might be something here for everyone. They are listed in no particular order.

  1. Love Me True by Melissa Crosby
  2. Crimson Dreams by Georgiana Fields
  3. Cold Fear by Rick Mofina
  4. Sorrow Wood by Raymond Atkins
  5. Bertha by Mike Ragland
  6. Madam May by Janet Hogan Chapman
  7. Jaybird’s Song by Kathy Wilson Florence
  8. Protecting Melissa by Mary Marvella
  9. Fireworks in Jubilee by Linda Joyce, Melissa Klein, Rachel Jones
  10. Finding Faith in Maryville Tennessee by Julia Lynch

Guest Post: Author Lorelai Watson

Only he can save me… but I’m not his to save.

Help me welcome our first guest blogger, Author Lorelai Watson. Lorelai published her first book earlier this year and we are delighted to showcase her on our blog to kick off July. Here is Lorelai’s story about becoming an author.

A Word of Encouragement

People love a good origins story. Whether we’re curious about the humble beginnings of a headline-making entrepreneur, or even our favorite superhero, we often clamor to see the metamorphosis of others. But what is it about origin stories that we love?  For me, I think it’s easier to identify with this person who started out like a regular person just like me. There’s hope in the universal message that we all have the ability to pursue our passions and do something awe-inspiring. 

I have been an author for a whole four months. I am unknown, and far from best-selling or award-winning. But for this shy, generally introverted writer, I find that there’s an edge of cool-ness that accompanies being a published author. In short, people suddenly find you infinitely more interesting than they did before. One of the questions I’ve gotten more than one is this – how did you get started? When did you start writing?

And thus, my origin story as an author begins. I remember rather clearly the day that my second-grade teacher Mrs. Harrison told us that our next assignment in language arts would be to write (wait for it… it’s exciting) our own story. Now, as a teacher, looking back on this, this lesson had no grand hook, bells or whistles to enrapture my attention, as we’re often taught to do in college, but she had my undivided attention. For one, I was already a complete book nerd. I blame my parents. They read to me every night, and gave in to my demands to read the same story a million times over. Now maybe our writing education had not been as complex as it is today, but I honestly think it was the first time it occurred to me that I could write my very own story.

There were no subjects or prompts given, just freedom.

I spent an entire day wondering what to write, looking at the illustrated writing process poster above the wall. I spend an inordinate amount of time staring at the “brainstorming” frame, so much that I could probably redraw the little blonde boy with glasses and a blue sweater, propped up on his desk as he imagined the perfect story. After speaking with a friend who seemed to be making much better progress than me, we started throwing ideas around, and suddenly the story began to unfold in my mind. I worked hard on that story, writing a whole page and a half (this feels big when you’re in second grade) and what ensued was an amazingly plagiarized mashup between ‘The Goonies’ and a Goosebumps book I had read earlier that year.

There is no other way to say it, but writing was – and remains — magical. It found its way straight to my heart and there it has resided for twenty-two years. I imagine it always will. But I think we all know that our passions must be tended to, no matter how deeply rooted they may be. My passion for writing might have been eventually squelched by age or other interests had another form of magic not occurred. I can’t remember why, but my mother picked me up early from school one day, and she walked into my classroom. Mrs. Harrison walked me over and told my mother all about my story. Now this was pretty exciting, and I remember being so proud, but what came out of her mouth next was something that has stuck with me for the rest of life. 

“She’s going to be an author one day.”

That’s it. Simple, not eloquent, but so incredibly life changing. Just a word of encouragement was enough to inspire an eight-year-old girl to keep writing. I was lucky enough to have supportive parents, friends and other teachers who kept giving those words of encouragement throughout my life, and I convinced that without them, I never would have kept writing, much less fulfilled the dream of publishing.

                And so, I leave you with a challenge. Know that your words have power, and seek ways to leave a genuine word of encouragement here and there. You never know how it could change a life. 

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