Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book Review: Ironbound Kisses by Jessica Walsh

I received this free book in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary: Don’t talk to him. For all intents and purposes, he doesn’t exist.

Thomas knows the rules when he takes a job with the circus, but he can’t stop thinking about the strange young man hidden away in the manager’s trailer. After a chance meeting with Isle, Thomas is even more intrigued, despite Isle’s warnings. As his obsession with Isle grows, Thomas vows to solve the mystery surrounding him and rescue him from his prison. But nothing is what it seems—especially not Isle—and Thomas is left unable to trust his own mind. Amidst the sparkles and illusions of the big top, Thomas can’t tell whether the spell he’s falling under is love… or something very different. He just knows he has to have Isle, and he’ll do things he never imagined himself capable of to get him.
 




Reading this story did not disappoint at all. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is the first book that I have read by this author. The first line in the synopsis itself had me wanting to read this and I knew that it was going to be good. 
We have Thomas who is  a hard worker and has divulged himself in all different types of odd jobs.  He comes employed at a Circus and while working there he sees this man that he sees around the circus camp.  Once he sees him its like something draws him to the mystery man. 

The romance was quick but to me it wasn't the insta hype. In one word it was determination. It had fantasy and paranormal mixed into and it flowed really nice. It was fun and it had magic. I look forward to reading more from this author.

This story got right to the point without jumping right into your face. I love the pace that the author took while writing. The writing style was good and I was really impressed with the story line. I felt for the characters and the way the characters were writing it seemed so real. Good job.  I look forward to reading more from this author. 


Rating 4stars
Recommend? Yes

Book Review: Enchanted Revenge by Theresa M. Jones

I received this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Goodreads Summary: When seventeen year old Lily finds her parents brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone, she is determined to bring justice to the fairies responsible. 
Her quest leads her to infiltrate The Empyrean, the land of the Fae where terrifying creatures lurk in every shadow. But with a political rebellion mounting, bloody battles and foreign enemies stand in her way. Alec, a mysterious fairy keeping his own secrets, gradually becomes her guide and dear friend in the unfamiliar world, and restores her faith in love.
Disturbing secrets about her parent’s true identity are revealed, causing her to be more involved with the devastating fairy war than she can afford. Her vengeful mission becomes compromised and her growing romance with Alec wavers. 
She must conquer her fear of the unknown, ignore her grief, and overcome her growing list of enemies if she is to succeed in avenging her parents’ death. Or ever make it out alive. 
Enchanted Revenge appeals to fans of Julie Kagawa and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

This is a full length novel, and is the first in the four-book Empyrean Chronicles. It is a YOUNG ADULT urban fantasy, and has some mild sensuality and language.

When I was contacted to read and review Enchanted Revenge I knew by the synopsis that I was going to enjoy reading it. The story starts off with Lilly coming home and finds that her parents are murdered. She is a mess because of the how they were killed but even more confused as to why would someone want to kill her parents. In comes Alec who is a fairy and takes Lilly under his wings (lol pun intended) to go on this adventure to see just what Lilly is and see what is really happening.

I loved the relationship between Lilly and Alec. I like that they both have a past that they wished never happen and it affects them hard but it makes them closer. The way the pair gets along is funny and adorable. It was not an insta love but it build and I love the author for doing that. I'm not a big fan of the "insta love phase".  I like the world that the author created and the description of the places were beautiful. I don't know why but while reading it I thought of the hobbit. Please don't judge me. The journey for them was also incredible. 

Honestly I have never divulged myself in this genre of books but I have to say that maybe I need to change my mind about it because I did like reading this story. The only thing that I have to say was that for me there were some parts that were dragged out a little bit but other than that it was great. This is the first book in 

Empyrean Chronicles series. Just the name itself makes you want to read the book. 


Rating 4 Stars
Recommend? Yes

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book Spotlight: Light The Way (bk2 Union Trilogy) in the by Joe Kipling

 Light The Way Book Spotlight!
I literally have a love/hate relationship with blogger at the moment. Because of pre-scheduling technical difficulties I had manually post and publish. 

Make sure you grab a copy of Light the Way. I know that you guys will love it. :)




Having escaped the
boundary and the tyranny of the Neighbourhood and now under the protection of
the Union, MaryAnn Hunter is slowly re-building her life as a fugitive on the
Outside.
When a friend asks for
help MaryAnn finds herself on a dangerous rescue mission that takes her on a
terrifying journey and back into the desperate clutches of the Director and the
Light.
MaryAnn faces a fight for
survival against insurmountable odds - but is it a fight she is willing to win
at any cost?
Light the Way is the second
book in The Union Trilogy


With a surname like Kipling, Joes' future as a writer might have been predetermined
at birth.. . . . well at least it assured her a good place on the bookshelves.
An avid traveller she spent many years backpacking around the world and has by
pure luck managed to avoid catastrophe, although she has been known to miss a
flight or two.

She now lives in West Yorkshire and if she's not at home
writing she’ll be found hiking in the hills around her house with her dog Rosie.
Joes debut novel Blinded by the Light was published by
Cillian Press in 2013. Light the Way is her follow up novel and the 2nd
book in the UnionTrilogy.

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Chiselled
into the stone above the building entrance were the words, ‘With humility and respect. Let us Light the way’. A chill ran
through me. We’d arrived at the LightHouse. It was a name that struck terror
into the hearts of all Echo children. It was the monster that hid under our
beds and tormented our dreams.



Monday, November 9, 2015

$10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!

Good morning everyone!!

I'm having a $10 giveaway on my second blog called "Behind The Spine". I started another blog to serve as my New Adult and Adult book reviews. 

If you would go ahead and check it out and follow. Click the link to enter 
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Spotlight: Atlantis: On the Shores of Forever (bk1) by Jennifer McKeithen

I am so happy for Jennifer on her debut book. She was one of my first friends that I gained when I started working in the public library at the age of 16. Atlantis: On the Shores of Forever is the first book in her Atlantis Series. I'm so proud of your girl!!!!                    




Summary:
A princess seeking to balance duty and her tempestuous heart...
A wanderer searching for a purpose...
A soldier destined for glory...
A doomed civilization.

The princess of an exiled kingdom, Gwenwhyfar's marriage was decided at birth. Enter Marcus Duilius, a career soldier with an eye for beauty. Although drawn to his fatal charms, she knows this son of a Roman naval hero will never allow a woman to stand in the way of his ambition. With her husband's untimely death, she discovers a freedom she never imagined possible.

Ready to make her own destiny, Gwenwhyfar finds she must put aside her desires once more and reforge ties with the mighty Atlantis. Mysterious ships have arrived from the east, leaving destruction in their wake. The known world is threatened. To complicate matters, her former Norse bodyguard has suddenly returned to claim her for his own.

Can she uphold her duty, save her world, and still find true love?

Author Bio and Social Links:
Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence.

In her spare time/research for her stories, she enjoys Classical and Medieval history, reading lots of fiction, cooking, herbalism, and English Country dancing. Recently, she has learned to appreciate the fun and excitement of riding horses, hiking, canoeing, and climbing Mayan pyramids.

Jennifer would be quite content to live the life of a traveling literary beach bum—like Hemingway, only with a brighter outlook. Her husband, Japheth, hopes her books will become famous one day, so he can at last “live the life he's accustomed to.” Until then, they've settled for making their home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Atlantis On the Shores of Forever is her first published novel. Available on Amazon.com.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Behind the Spine. New Adult and Adult Blog!

Good Morning everyone!!

I have started a new blog called "Behind The Spine". It is for New Adult books and Adult books. I wanted to separate the books from this blog and have this one specifically for Y.A. books.  I would appreciate if you guys would check it out and give me a follow!

Here is the link
http://behindthespine.blogspot.com

Thanks a bunchies


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Giveway!! Evidence of things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane and We'll Never be Apart by Emiko Jean

I haven't done a giveaway in a while. I just got some ARCs in and I thought it would be nice to give some away. This giveaway will be open to U.S. only and it will be running for 1 month.

I'm giving away an ARC of Evidence of thing Not Seen by Lindsey Lane and We'll Never be apart by Emiko Jean


      


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Book Review: Scorched by Jennifer Armentrout

Goodreads Summary: Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

I was really excited to read this story of the Frigid series. I am already a huge fan of this author and I basically love anything that she writes.

In this installment it is about Andrea and Tanner. Of course our other favorite couple makes appearances as well (Kyler and Syd). From what I knew from the first book was that Andrea and Tanner do not get along at all. They constantly bicker and argue with each other and it  sometimes makes a strain on their relationship with their two best friends Kyler and Syd. 

Wanting to change the atmosphere and have a getaway Kyler and Sydney invite Tanner and Andrea to a week  long vacation. At first Andrea and Tanner have their usual bicker and snobby insults but as the story progress the two realize that in actuality they care for each other deeply. They spend more one on one time with each other which is thanks to their best friends. Their whole relationship takes a different turn for the better.

I really like how the author wrote in matters of the subject of drinking and drunk driving. The subject is very heavy and having someone close by to help even if that means getting professional help is whats important. 

The story proves that when you are surrounded by people that love you and are there for you in hard times to keep them close. Even when you feel like you are alone you are not.

I loved reading this story and I may have cried a bit too but that's because I am helpless romantic. 

Rating 4Stars
Recommend? Yes

Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Review: Madame Lilly: The Time of Sanura Bk 3 by Dormaine G.

(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

Goodreads Summary: History always has a way of repeating itself

Madame Lilly journeys back in time to her great grandmother's era, the time of Sanura. Both women possess more than a kinship for they are each bound by harmful spirits whom they refuse to relinquish. By the hand of a mysterious being, Elijah, Lilly is transported into the past to witness the dark path Sanura chose that ultimately lead to her demise.

While in this era, Lilly feels the turmoil Sanura endured as a young girl. Even as she fights to deny her ability to see the non-living. But the more she refuses the sight, the more the dead seem to flock. And then a dreadful accident takes place forcing her to finally accept her once unwanted gift. She soon welcomes the dead.

Through Sanura's struggle of growing up an innocent child being forced to take on the burdens no one should undergo, she ultimately transforms into a frightfully powerfully woman. Lilly watches from afar, as Sanura grows more commanding with each act of wickedness, until her final downfall. Even then, Sanura refuses to surrender her bound spirits for they need her as much as she thought she needed them.
 


I have read three books by this author and I feel that every time she writes she gets better and better. In this story Lilly's great grandmother Sanura is the focal point in this story.  We go through this journey of the 1800s and how the lives of women and slaves were. Elijah sends Lilly in the past to see the life of her grandmother Sanura. Sanura and Lilly in my point of view are just alike.  Out of the three this one is my favorite. I really did enjoy reading this one a bit more than the others but don't get me wrong, they were all good. 

The writing was great. As I said, she gets better with every story.  It was a nice quick read and intense at the same time!!! 

I..Love..The...Cover! This book cover screams power all over the place. The cover itself alone would have me to pick up the book (Book judging. Don't hold it against me please.)

I can't wait to read more by this author. She is one of those authors that after you have read the previous works, and you find out that there is more coming,  you know that they are going to be good. 

Rating 4.5Stars
Recomend? Yes.

Book Review: The Prophecy bk3 By Madhuri Blaylock

I received this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary: In Books I and II of The Sanctum Trilogy, Madhuri Blaylock took readers on a treacherous journey full of intrigue and corruption, horror and despair, as she wove the tale of Dev and Wyatt, the hybrid demon created to destroy The Sanctum and her lover, once a warrior for The Sanctum, now a member of the mysterious sect of Magicals known as the Ramyan. 

Their tale continues in Book Three: THE PROPHECY as battles wage, loved ones are lost, and the world seems on the brink of madness. 

Culminating in explosive horror, one is forced to ask: after all of the blood and torture and pain and death, can there be any room for hope and wonder and life and love?


This was a great way to end the series and it is bittersweet. I didn’t want this series to end. Every time I turned the page my excitement for the story grew. I did take my time to read it simply because I did not want it to end. I know a lot of us do that. LOL. From the twist, turns, and romance I was captivated by it all. When I finished the book I had to take a minute to gather my life back together LOL. I will miss this journey that Madhuri took me on with this series. 

The writing was soo good!!!!! God..this woman can write. It all flowed so good and perfect. It made you have all the types of feels in the right places. The writing kept getting better with each book. The emotional feelings between the characters were on point and your heart went out to them. With The Prophecy being the last book in the series I felt that it ended well. You can't read this series and not have yourself poured into it. 

I would have to say that even though I did love all three. I think the first one is my favorite in the series. 

My message to the author....Please, Please, Please keep writing!!!!!!! Work like this is why I fell in love with reading. 

Rating 5Stars
Recommend? Yes


Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Tour and Excerpt: Ara by B.R. Eddy








Ara
by B.R. Eddy
Release
Date: Fall 2014
339
pages
Summary
from Goodreads:
Ara Vertrees is an advisor to the King
in Jimalia, a thriving island nation in the middle of a vast ocean. Her macaws
are trained to fly home to the palace to repeat confidential information. When
their messages become more and more troubling, she finds herself in the middle
of a crisis she never expected. Ara's story is full of adventure, friendship,
mystery, love and loss. Join Ara and her companions as they fight pirates,
uncover deception, find love and fight for Jimalia.
Excerpt 
She escaped to a high balcony to get some fresh air. She may have accepted one too many drinks. There were a few people out on the wide balcony, one couple was dancing slowly to the small orchestra there, and another was sharing something quiet and intimate as they leaned against the rail together. Ara took a deep breath. The air was still chilly, spring was still so young.
“My lady,”
Ara opened her eyes and spun around to find Archer there. She felt immediately on the defense. “Your highness,” She curtsied to him deeply, squashing the defensiveness. The King had spoken to him, surely he was over his silly courting fantasies. He deserved a chance from her.
“Lady Ara, I wanted to apologize, this is the first chance I’ve had to speak to you alone. I never intended for my gifts to distress you. I know you spoke to my father and I just wanted you to know that I sincerely never intended to cause you any aggravation by it.” He bowed to her deeply, “Will you accept my apology?”
Ara’s heart softened, “Of course, your highness.” She said it quietly, so that no one around them would overhear.
He held out his hand to her, and she took it.
*
Archer took her waist. The orchestra played a gentle tune that was easy enough to follow. Ara was light on her feet, her dress wrapped and spun around her quietly as she followed his lead. Beautiful. He’d imagined this before, the starry night sky with her in his arms. When he imagined it, he was a daring and charming dancer, but now it didn’t matter so much what he was doing. Her eyes were downcast, her eyelashes were long against her cheeks. Did she even want what he had to offer her?
He’d convinced himself that deep down, she did, but did she?
“Lady Ara?” He nearly whispered.
“Aye, my Prince?” She whispered just as softly.
He frowned. Perhaps she didn’t even care for his company and she was only following her duty to him as a prince. Perhaps that was all anyone ever did.
“Archer?” Ara looked up into his eyes.
His heart stung, she pushed past formality as if she knew exactly what he was thinking.
*
Ara was surprised by Archer’s behavior. He was so calm, almost downcast. She could feel a pulse in his hand, what was he thinking? He seemed so troubled and sad. Perhaps he wasn’t conceding to his betrothal as willingly as she thought he was. This close to him, she realized how much taller he was than herself. He was almost like a different person. His eyes pierced hers. “It’s nothing.” He said, “I just… everything has been changing so much, these last seasons have made me feel quite inadequate.”
Ara’s heart went out to him, “Oh Archer, you shouldn’t feel that way. You never expected any of this and no one expects you to be prepared for it.” She wasn’t sure what else to say, she didn’t want to insult him by saying it wasn’t his fault that he had led a carefree life up till this point, or discourage him by saying that she was sympathetic that he was being plunged into a life of sacrifice. It was a rough way for him to realize how callow he had been.
“Ara, my father has trusted you to advise him and you have shown him incredible loyalty, I… I have always admired you for this and never realized how important you and your counsel could become to me. I hope I can earn your trust and loyalty someday as well.” He held her hand firmly.
Ara smiled, “You have my loyalty, Prince Archer Cannon, and it will forever be my pleasure to advise you when you find the need for it.”
*
Rivan had seen them up on the high balcony from the estate gardens. He stopped in the shadow of a tree to watch. Fellow and Orren followed him there, grazing idly. They danced so elegantly, they had probably been coached in dance since they were young. They whispered quietly to each other. It was a different world they lived in, full of politics and culture.
The Prince spun her around, her skirt wrapped and unfurled with her motion. A prince… not just any prince but the Crown Prince of Jimalia. His attention probably had her over the moon.
He wondered what things would have been like had he been born into that world. Would he be able to dance with a lady like Ara? Her kind familiarity and gracious visits into his life were almost painful. It only made him pine after what he could never have.
He imagined approaching her at a gala, bringing her drinks, taking her arm and dancing. The thought was intoxicating, but then he remembered her atop Fellow, smiling wide and laughing and that brought thunder to his chest. She wasn’t just an ostentatious noble with her nose in the air like the rest of them. She lived and thrived in that world, but she was so much more than they were. She was real. It was no wonder she turned the eyes of the Prince.
He imagined her instead as a servant like him and the fantasy was much more tantalizing. She would have saddle polish smudged on her sun kissed cheek, her hair would be free from all the structured curls and braids and bonnets to roll down her shoulders and blow in the wind. Her nose wrinkling as she giggled about something daft. Maybe he would tuck her bangs behind her ear for her before lifting her chin to steal a kiss…

He shook his head. He was being cruel to himself. It was all silly nonsense that would never be. His heart beat painfully, he was not a noble and she was not a servant. She was entirely unavailable to him and he had to accept it. 












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About the Author
Myname is Brit and I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. My work with
animals brought macaws into my life. They frightened me, moved me, hurt
me, loved me and made me grow. I hope that my novel will help people
understand these birds better! They are breathtaking and intelligent, but do
not make good pets for most families. They require a lot of space and
attention, can be very destructive and can easily outlive you.
They can be incredible companions to the right people. Please keep all these
things in mind when considering a macaw as a pet!"



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Summary: I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
 

I don't know what took me soo long to read this series. I am guilty of judging a book by the cover. When I first saw this when it came out I picked it up, read the blurb, looked back at the cover, and decided that it didn't look like it was good. Fast foward to now. One of my teens that comes to the library was checking it back in. She asked me if I read it and I told her no. She looked at me like I lost my mind and said that I had to read it. I read it....the whole time I was reading it I could have slapped myself over and over. I loved this series soo much!!! I could not believe that it took me all this time to read it and I missed out simply because I judged the book by the cover. I vow that I will never do that again. Ever. 

The opening of the story is straight to the point. I loved how I was in Juliette's head. The author did an amazing job with creating Juliette's character. She was this mild , weak , and afraid person and everyone that she loved turned their backs on her. 

The setting is set up in a dystopian field and it reminded me of Divergent. Although, I did like this series a lot better. 

Adam was sweet and caring and he knew Juliette when they were kids. He watched the other people pick on her and mistreat her. Even though he didn't say anything he had always liked her. 

Warner is the guy who is in control. Yes!!! He is the leader of his sector and has taken an interest in Juliette and quickly turned into being obsessed with her. He is hot head and when he sees what he wants no one is going to stop him. He was young but he held so much power. 

I literally read each book in one day. I could not put it down. I think if it was a zombie apocalypse happening I would be a goner because I was in my zone while reading this series. 

Rating 5Stars
Recommend? Yes

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book/Author Spotlight: Art of Raising Hell by Thomas Lopinski

SYNOPSIS
The Art of Raising Hell
by Thomas Lopinski


“There are some people that walk around on two feet and others like me that run on all four.” Newbie Johnson tries to understand the meaning of this statement while learning about friendship, loss, and love as a small town teenager. 

“The Art Of Raising Hell” is a coming of age story set in the 1970s that centers around four teenagers and their involvement with a larger-than-life character named Lonny Nack.

Newbie had recently moved to Bunsen Creek, when his mother is killed in a devastating car crash. Nursing a broken soul, he soon hooks up with the three best friends a guy could ever ask for and meets the love of his life, Sally Nack.

Sally’s brother, Lonny, fears no one, including The Law, and soon takes his peculiar sense of justice, along with his love of practical jokes, to new heights while entertaining the colorful characters of Kickapoo County. 

When Officer Hightower and Lonny collide with deadly results, Newbie becomes the only one who can make things right. Somewhere along the way, he learns an important lesson about how to chase after life instead being chased by it.
Thomas Lopinski - The Art of Raising Hell  - excerpt

Then Lonny looked at each of us. “So what in tarnation are you boys doing out here?”
“We were playing hockey,” griped Skeeter.  
Lonny looked around at the hockey sticks. “So you guys quit already?”
Skeeter waved an arm. “Not by our choice. Old dipshit here shot the puck out on the lake.”  
“Hey, it was an accident.”
“Who cares? The game is over.” I added.
“Not necessarily,” hummed Lonny. “I hear it’s been below zero for a good two

weeks now, right?”
“Yeah, but—”
“Yeah, but what?” he interrupted as he walked over to the river’s edge and jumped down on the ice. Then he stomped on it a few more times. “Looks solid enough.”
“You going to walk out there?” asked T.J.
“Hell no, I’m gonna drive. How else can I see the puck?” He ran back to the truck, opened the door, and shouted, “Anyone want to come along?”
He took our silence as a no and fired up his old Chevy. Without hesitation, Lonny backed up and drove down to the loading ramp. Then he slowly placed the front tires on the ice and listened. “Here goes nothin’,” he yelled as a shot of gray smoke plumed out of the tailpipe. He drove over the snowbank onto
 the middle of the cove and carefully climbed the other snow bank at the edge. His headlights were lighting up the rest of the lake now, and we heard him shout, “There it is.”
The truck shifted into second gear and rolled out onto the middle of the lake as the tires spun on the slick ice. While his beat-up, old pickup spun figure eights and circles around the puck, he let out a holler that echoed for miles downriver. A few minutes later, he opened the door and swooped up the puck, causing us all to cheer.
Then we heard a siren blast so loud that it nearly knocked us into the fire. “Come off the ice immediately,” the cop ordered over the loudspeaker as his car slowly made its way up to the cove. When we looked back, Lonny had turned the lights off on his truck and was sitting in the middle of the lake. The cop car shined his spotlight on it as the snow started to
fall. The naked trees surrounding the lake were now laced in white but did little to stop the wind from blowing and soon Lonny’s truck was a pale image of itself.
“You have sixty seconds,” the speaker commanded.
Sixty seconds or what? I thought. I’m pretty sure Officer Hightower had no intention of putting his life in danger and going out on the ice after the truck. What was he going to do when the time was up? He climbed out of the car and shined his flashlight over the lake. All he saw was the silhouette of a man in the driver’s seat. The window was down, and the snow was still swirling around the truck like a cotton candy machine. Lonny adjusted his rear view mirror to get a better look but kept his back toward the light. During the brief moments when the air stood still and allowed the swirling snow to take a breather, their eyes
met in the reflection of that mirror. This only confirmed what they both already knew.
At this point, it was more an issue of pride than anything to do with law and order. Lonny stared back in defiance, just daring Hightower to come after him. Hightower glared back just waiting for Lonny to make a wrong move. What had started out years ago as a scuffle between a rebel child bending the laws and an officer sworn to uphold them, had grown into a high stakes game of chicken. Unfortunately, both sides were so damn stubborn that neither one would blink.  
They faced off for a few minutes until the snow started to really come down. The skies were now glowing white while the moon hid behind layers of clouds. An army of snowflakes silently parachuted to the ground. Lonny revved up the engine and signaled that he was tired of this game by saluting
 Hightower with a thumbs up. We barely heard his screams over the engine noise as the truck sped away down the river a half a mile to the Lakeview Leisure Club boat dock. The ice shifted and croaked out new surface cracks along the trail following his tire marks. Air bubbles sprung up to the top and recoiled like a Slinky being tossed down the stairs. Lonny still had his lights off, but we caught glimpses of the red glow coming from his breaks as he pulled up onto land.  
Then it happened. One of those rare moments when your faith in the Almighty is reaffirmed and you realize that a chapter in a person’s life has just been punctuated with a comma instead of a period. As soon as his truck drove up on the concrete ramp down at the Leisure Club, the ice behind him collapsed and sank into the water. There was no mistaking that sound of rushing water flowing
 on the top, and we all heard it. Hightower rushed back to his car and aimed his spotlight into the distance. A dark blue hole the size of a large yacht was belching up water onto the surface. Lonny’s brake lights glistened off the reflection, confirming that he was indeed safe. Then they disappeared up the road.
The Chief just banged his flashlight against his palm and growled, “Someday that boy’s gonna push me too far.” And with that, he got back in the car, turned on the siren, and tore off in pursuit. Of course, by the time he’d made it around the lake using a loosely connected rectangular grid of country roads, Lonny was long gone.
But Hightower’s anger remained.

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Lopinski grew up in a quaint small town in Illinois called Georgetown with one stoplight, one high school, one square, one lake, one police car and one hundred ways to get into trouble. It was a wonderful place to be a child. He studied at the University of Illinois and later moved to Southern California with his wife and daughters to work in the music industry. "Document 512" was his first published novel in 2012 and won awards from Reader Views, Foreword Review, National Indie Excellence Awards and BestIndieBooks.com. His second novel "The Art of Raising Hell" will be published through Dark Alley Press on May 19, 2015. Thomas is also a member of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). Visit: www.ThomasLopinski.com