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A Laura Elliston Novel, Book 2



  Genre: Historical / Western / Action-Adventure / Romance

Publisher: Redhook

Date of Publication: May 23, 2017

Number of Pages: 384

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.

Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run — from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura’s capture as their own. But the danger isn’t just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won’t stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come.


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Melissa Lenhardt is the author the Jack McBride mystery series, as well as the Laura Elliston historical fiction series. Her debut mystery, STILLWATER, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, and SAWBONES, her historical fiction debut, was hailed as a “thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new subgenre: the feminist Western” by Lone Star Literary Life.

A lifelong Texan, she lives in the Dallas area with her husband and two sons.


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This Savage Song Teaser


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

by Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author)

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Quote 1:
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

Quote 2:
“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

Quote 3:
“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

Quote 4:
“But the teacher had been right about one thing: violence breeds.
Someone pulls a trigger, sets off a bomb, drives a bus full of tourists off a bridge, and what’s left in the wake isn’t just she’ll casings, wreckage, bodies. There’s something else. Something bad. An aftermath. A recoil. A reaction to all that anger and pain and death.”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

Frozen Tides Teaser


Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4)

by Morgan Rhodes (Goodreads Author), Michelle Rowen (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

Quote 1:

“She was his princess. No. She was his goddess. With her golden skin and golden hair. She was his light. His life. His everything.
He loved her more than anything else in this world.”
Morgan Rhodes, Frozen Tides

Quote 2:

“Because if you don’t choose to fight against the wrong in the world, then you are the wrong in the world.”
Morgan Rhodes, Frozen Tides

Powerless Teaser


Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1)

by Tera Lynn Childs (Goodreads Author), Tracy Deebs (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Kenna is tired of being “normal”. The only thing special about her is that she isn’t special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.

She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.

Quote 1:

“Good isn’t always good, and bad isn’t always bad. You’ve always seen the shades of grey.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Powerless

Quote 2:

“If I could have any superpower, right now, I’d choose the ability to reach through glass. One thin, little pane is all that separates me from bliss…of the midnight-snack variety, to be exact. The chocolate bar hangs halfway to freedom but refuses to take the plunge, as if the vending machine is mocking me, taunting me. As if it knows I’m powerless.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Powerless

Quote 3:

“I might not have superpowers, but I know how to knee a guy in the nuts.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Powerless

Quote 4:

“You’re my hero. The real kind. More so than your dad or any of the others working with him are.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Powerless

Illuminae Teaser


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

by Amie Kaufman (Goodreads Author), Jay Kristoff (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Quote 1:

“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.”
Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

Quote 2:

“You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”
Jay Kristoff, Illuminae

Quote 3:

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”
Jay Kristoff, Illuminae

Quote 4:

“I should have told you I loved you every day. I should have given you the stars.”
Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

Winter Teaser


Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads Author)


Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Quote 1:

“She hesitated before asking, “Do you ever think about the future?”
His expression turned wary. “Of course I do.”
“And … does it include me?”
His gaze softened in a way that made her pulse skip. Releasing the overhead pipe, he tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. “That depends on whether I’m thinking about the good future or the bad one.”
Cinder shut her eyes and tucked her head under his chin. “As long as one of them does.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

Quote 2:

“It’s not proper for seventeen-year-old princesses to be alone with young men who have questionable intentions.”
She laughed. “And what about young men who she’s been best friends with since she was barely old enough to walk?”
He shook his head. “Those are the worst.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

Quote 3:

“Do you have any idea how worried I’ve been?” she said, crossing to him. “I didn’t know if you were dead or being held hostage, or if you’d been eaten by one of the queen’s soldiers. It’s been driving me mad not knowing.”
He quirked an eyebrow at her.
She scowled. “Don’t comment on that.”
“I wouldn’t dare.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

Quote 4:

“Emperor, right.” she retacked the curtain “That’s weird to say, after eighteen years of listening to celebrity gossip feeds go on and on about ‘Earth’s favorite prince'”. She claimed one of the lumpy sofa cushions, curling her legs beneath her. “I had a picture of him taped to my wall when I was fifteen. Grand-mere cut it off a cereal box.”

Wolf scowled.

“Of course, half the girls in the world probably had that same picture from that same cereal box.”

Wolf scrunched his shoulders against his neck, and Scarlet grinned, teasing. “Oh, no. You’re not going to have to fight him for pack dominance now are you? Come here.”

She beckoned him with a wave of her hand and he was at her side in half a second, the glower softening as he pulled her against his chest.”
Marissa Meyer, Winter

The Iron Warrior Teaser


The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3)

by Julie Kagawa (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady’s Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan’s nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

Quote 1:

“”Hey, tough guy.”

I stared at the girl on my bed, unable to do more than blink.  That was her voice, her straight black hair and brown eyes, her smile breaking across her face.  She was here.  How she’d accomplished it, given how impossible it was to travel through the Nevernever alone, I couldn’t comprehend.  Just that she had, completely unexpectedly and unexplained, shown up in my room in the middle of the Iron Realm.


Kenzie leaped off the mattress and, in the two seconds it took for my brain to unfreeze from shock, crossed the room and threw herself at me.

Pain shot through my stomach as the girl collided with my chest, throwing her arms around me and squeezing tight.  The stab through my gut was instant and breathtaking.  I yelped and staggered back, and she immediately let go.

“Oh, God! I’m so sorry, Ethan, I didn’t realize—”

Recovering, I grabbed her wrist, yanked her forward, and covered her mouth with mine.”

—The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

Quote 2:

“Ash nodded slowly.  “I think that’s all we can hope for now,” he mused, almost too faint to hear.  Closing his eyes, he took a breath, and then his gaze sliced into me again.  “I will not lose my son,” he said in a terrifying yet almost desperate voice.  “Meghan is queen–her hands are tied in this matter–but I will do whatever it takes to see him returned to us.  Ethan, you were his friend, once.  You stood with him when no one else would.  I know that what Keirran has done can never be forgiven, but…would you be willing to do this one final thing?  For Meghan, if  for no one else.  Go to your Guro.  Ask him about the amulet.  See if thre’s anything we can do to return Keirran to himself.  If it’s not too late to save him.”

I swallowed hard.  “Yeah,” I rasped, nodding.  “I’ll do it.  For Meghan.”  For everyone.”

—The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

The Looking Glass Wars Teaser


The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1)

by Frank Beddor (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Alyss of Wonderland?

When Alyss Heart, newly orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, flees through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story – and he’s searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland, to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

Quote 1:

“I’ve finished running from you, Redd. It’s time for you to run.”
Frank Beddor, The Looking Glass Wars

Quote 2:

“We’re family,” Alyss said.
Redd snorted. “Is that supposed to mean something?”
Family,” Alyss said again, trying to convince herself more than Redd.
Don’t talk to me about family! You were never disowned by your parents!”
I’d rather have been disowned by them then see them murdered.”
Frank Beddor, The Looking Glass Wars

Quote 3:

“I tell you to think black thoughts and you come up with that?!” the lieutenant had screamed. “Is a guinea pig bad? Do you consider a guinea pig the representation of all that is evil?”

Maybe… if it’s an evil guinea pig.”
Frank Beddor, The Looking Glass Wars

Quote 4:

“But I killed you,” Alyss said. “Did you?” Red turned to The Cat. “Why wasn’t I informed?”
Frank Beddor, The Looking Glass Wars

The Sword of Summer Teaser


The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Quote 1:

“Could you do a glamour and turn into something smaller?” I asked it. “Preferably not a chain, since it’s no longer the 1990s?”

The sword didn’t reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more interrogative pitch, like, Such as what?

“I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe?”

The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Quote 2:

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Quote 3:

“My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Quote 4:

“What kind of animal am I eating?’
Sam wiped her mouth with the back of her hand. ‘It’s named Saehrimnir.’
‘Okay, first of all, who names their dinner? I don’t want to know my dinner’s name. This potato–is this potato named Steve?’
She rolled her eyes. ‘No, stupid. That’s Phil. The bread is Steve.”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Ice Like Fire Teaser


Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2)

by Sara Raasch (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Quote 1:

“That’s what makes me the most upset about the world – how magic shoves people into lives they might not want. No one should have to beseech higher people for permission to be who they are, only to find their pleas ignored.
No one should be forced to be something they aren’t.”
Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire

Quote 2:

“The most powerful magic of all is choice.”
Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire

Quote 3:

“That’s how relationships work – when one person is blind, the other must see for them. When one person struggles, the other must remain strong.”
Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire

Quote 4:

“Dendera silences me with a hand on my cheek. “You listen to me, Meira Dynam. Yes, you have made mistakes, but I have watched you succumb to this role over the past few months, and that, I believe, is the biggest mistake you have made. The biggest mistake we all made. We’ve all been afraid, and Meira, you look at me. You saved us. You, this beautiful, wild girl before me – you saved us. So be you again, and whoever that is will be exactly what we need.”
Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire