Ryder Laurent has lived an unapologetic life, not caring how others viewed him or how questionable his actions were. Covered in an abundance of ink, and sporting a ‘devil may care’ attitude, he’s every bit the bad boy he appears to be.
When Taylor Hamilton resurfaces, someone he’d thought was dead years before, his life flips. He falls back in love with the woman he’d met eight years earlier.
A year into their almost perfect relationship, Ryder wakes one morning to cold sheets, and Taylor running all over again, leaving him no answers.
Except this time, he knows where she is, and vows to bring her back home. With mistakes from his past hell bent on making sure Ryder is in for the fight of his life, he finally learns the true meaning of love and family.
Can he track down his demons and put them to bed before they destroy any chance he has at being the man he craves to be?
Or will Taylor disappear from his life a third and final time?
*Full of surprises and revelations, heartache and joy, Ryder is the conclusion you’ve all been waiting for.
Life can change in a split second, a minute moment, an infinite hour.
For Laura Hamilton, her split second lasted 2,880 minutes. 48 hours to be exact. She barely escaped with her life. With a body full of scars and a heart full of hurt, the twenty-nine-year old clothes designer spent the following eight years clouded with grief, believing herself to be too broken to ever see the beauty in her surroundings again.
After a last-ditch attempt to scrape some semblance of her pieces together goes disastrously wrong, Laura’s pushed pin guides her to the sleepy village of Beaufort. No longer content to hide behind her sister, or languish in the depths of her sorrow, she finds a measure of peace among paranoia and fear, carving out an existence she is almost comfortable with.
Laura inadvertently catches the eye of the enigmatic hotelier and newcomer, Lucca Rinaldi. For the first time, her heart begins the slow trip towards letting another man into her life. Passion and pain go hand in hand when the couple finally meet.
Little does she know that Lucca’s history is not so far in the past as he thinks. His troubled affairs follow hot on his heels, bringing scorn and hate back into her fold. When their pasts collide with explosive consequences, Laura’s bitter memories threaten to pull her under when a walking nightmare crashes back into her life, bringing terror along for the ride.
The seconds are counting down – but who gets to call time?
*Please note – suitable for 18+ only due to adult/graphic themes and possible trigger content.
Meet K A
K A Sands is an exciting new author who has a passion for reading and more often than not, can be found with her nose stuck in a book. She loves angsty, dark reads but is not averse to the fun, light hearted side either. Typically, a romance reader, of most genres/sub genres, she loves reading a debut herself. Her passion for the written words goes back to her childhood and she has always dreamed of writing and telling the world her stories.
Not quite a stay at home mum, K A Sands has a busy life which she shares with her husband of twenty-two years and her little monkey boy. Her adult children have flown the coop already, but still manage to come home for ‘mama’s lasagne.’
Avid eater of mayonnaise and chips, anti-get-fitter, lover of cheesy music and a fierce advocate of things close to her heart. She enjoys doing photoshop manipulations and would love to be a whiz using it… maybe one day. She has a bucket list as long as her arm, which includes skydiving and visiting Cambodia. And wants to travel the world.
Great believer in second chances, insta-love (because her love is a product of that), fairy tales and monsters… K A Sands just wants to write all the words for you.
A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.
Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.
Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.
The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.
The Promise is also available on Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, OverDrive and other major online retailers.
Sally Jenkins writes grip-lit and commercial women’s fiction. She also works in IT for a multi-national consultancy and when not at the computer can be found out walking, church bell ringing or improving her public speaking skills. Sally lives with her husband near Birmingham, UK and has two grown-up daughters.
In 1977, blood-brothers Frankie Cartwright and Kurt Jamison were inseparable. But when a shocking event touched someone they both loved, the boys handled the trauma differently… Kurt became a cop. Frankie grew up to be a notorious crime lord. Forty years later, when Frankie’s teenage granddaughter Mollie is kidnapped and Kurt is assigned to her case, the former best friends are forced to work together. However, Kurt wants to conduct the investigation within the confines of the legal system, while Frankie would rather use his less-than-legal resources to find her—and punish her abductor. With the cloud of a dark secret casting a shadow over each man’s endeavor to find Mollie, Kurt and Frankie exhaust every resource at their disposal in an effort to save her and serve up their own individual brand of justice.
This is the first book of Christina’s that I have read. I’m sure it won’t be the last.
A Necessary Evil is the story surrounding the once friendship between 2 men on opposite sides of the law… Kurt Jamison; a detective & Frankie Cartwright; a crime lord.
When these two were younger they were best friends, blood brothers in fact. But then events happened & their friendship was torn apart.Frankie now turns to Kurt for help in finding his granddaughter, Mollie, who has gone missing.
Frankie’s request doesn’t exactly go as he would have liked though. Both men end up searching for Mollie. Kurt wants to find Mollie and her kidnapper the legal way, whilst Frankie wants to track them down and get revenge on whoever took her.
The race is on to see who will find Mollie first, or even if they will find her before it’s too late!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The abduction happens right at the start then we receive information from each of the characters as the chapters continue. Each character tells their own thoughts surrounding the current events as well as history too. The majority of the history is from & surrounding Frankie & Kurt, it doesn’t take long to realise why this information is so important.
I really liked how Christina has written a jigsaw puzzle, the information that each character gives are the puzzle pieces. The more you read the more pieces you collect. I found that I started to try & put the pieces together before I had them all… So just when I thought I’d worked out what was going on & what I thought was about to happen… WHAM!! It was all turned on its head.
The characters work extremely well together, the multiple POV really do work in this book, they help to give each character more depth as we can understand each one’s thoughts & feelings surrounding the events. The chapters are clearly labelled with a character name so we know exactly whos POV we’re reading.
Christina’s writing style is really good. It’s very informative but still manages to be suspenseful, keeping you guessing & turning the pages. The plot is good, Christina has taken a simple abduction plot and woven twists & turns into it to make her own.
I have enjoyed reading A Necessary Evil & I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.
~~About The Author~~
Christina Kaye was raised in suburban Central Kentucky in a family full of right-brainers. With a photographer/artist for a grandfather and an author/illustrator for a mother, she was bound to turn out on the creative side of the spectrum. She honed her writing skills in school, winning awards for her essays and short stories. Christina tried her hand at about every sport imaginable, which only went to prove that her efforts were better spent in other creative outlets such as art, singing, and writing. But it was writing that really stuck with her and she spent the next several years trying her hand at writing fiction novels, just for the fun of it.
She took a break for a while and focused on putting herself through paralegal school while raising two amazing Irish twin girls. She quickly learned that being a certified paralegal was the best career choice she could have made. On top of all of the cool cases she has worked on over the years, she was able to write original legal documents autonomously. When a national magazine for attorneys approached her in 2013 to write a short story for them about the life of a paralegal, she jumped on the opportunity. When the article was published and garnered her some amazing feedback, she realized how much she missed creative writing. She sat down and wrote her very first full-length fiction novel that year and hasn’t stopped writing since.
Her first published novel, LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER (written under her former name, Christina Morgan), was named Suspense Finalist for the 2017 Indie Excellence Awards.
She loves reading (all genres except sci-fi), folk music, caramel macchiatos, puppies, thunderstorms, antique jewelry, dragonflies, the color purple (not the movie), and sweet tea.
Christina Kaye lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky with her two teenage daughters.
I have all 5 of these books now. I had read the first three back to back but written each review before starting the next book. At the end of book 3, I had to wait for book 4 to be ready. Then had to wait for book 5 to be finished. However, I may have read the first 4 a while ago but for some reason, I hadn’t managed to get my reviews typed up and published (Bad Blogger). When I came across this unpublished post on Boxing Day I decided to wait until I finished reading Twitch; Book 5, then publish them all together.
Enough waffle onto the book reviews…
FROSTBITE; THE HUNTER CHRONICLES BOOK 1
Jasmine Hunter is a rookie agent working for the covert Supernatural Department of Scotland Yard.
Being kidnapped with a co-worker is the last thing she’s expecting from only two months in a job she loves. She is even more unprepared for the sparks that fly between her and one of their captors, especially when her unique senses are screaming he isn’t human.
Eric is a vampire, deep undercover with centuries of secrets. He has no time for distractions, yet he can’t seem to get the feisty female out of his head, nor the hungering desires she evokes within him.
Forced to work together, they must stop the diabolical plans of Marcel Coupe – the French arms dealer responsible for her abduction. As time starts to run out can they save themselves and Paris from disaster? Or will the sizzling attraction between them be their downfall?
*** This is part of a Paranormal Romance Series that features vampires, shifters and other supernatural creatures. Due to language and sexual content, this book is intended for readers 18 and older.***
I felt that this was a great debut novel from Claire. Frostbite is the beginning of the Hunter Chronicles: it sets the scene for the stories to come!
Frostbite introduces us to Jasmine Hunter, Twitch, Eric and some other fantastic characters too. Jasmine is an agent who works for the supernatural department of Scotland Yard. Twitch is a techno-mage who works for the same department and Eric is a vampire; but not just any vampire, he’s a born vampire also known as vampiria.
Eric works as a freelance agent and is currently working undercover as a person interested in buying weapons from Marcel Coupe. Eric doesn’t want anything getting in the way of him taking this guy down. Jasmine is forced to work with Eric to help save Twitch from the clutches of Marcel and his goons. The longer Jasmine and Eric spend together the harder it is for them to ignore the feelings they have.
Can they save Twitch in time?
I love these characters. Each of them is unique, realistic and intriguing. They all have their own secrets and pasts which still influence them now. The feelings and emotions that both Jasmine and Eric experience are realistic and palpable, I could relate to both characters and how they were feeling. This made them feel much more real.
The plot is well thought out, the events roll almost effortlessly from one to another, the timeline for the events works and it’s easy to be swept up into the thick of the action. Claire has created her characters and their world carefully and with love. She has turned their adventure into a twisted and tangled web, of which you see unravelling before your very eyes, with every page you read! Claire has made it very easy to forget that it’s just a story!
I thought that Frostbite was a great paranormal romance that also has a fantastic mix of action, humour and suspense.
I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for this bunch!
DARK DESIRES; THE HUNTER CHRONICLES BOOK 2
Jasmine Hunter finds herself knee deep in a decadent vampire nest in Prague. A killer lurks the medieval city and is preying on blood donors who frequent the home of the local Vampire Mistress.
With her teammates from Scotland Yard in tow Jasmine, must attempt to discover the murderer’s identity.
But will things go to plan? Sex dungeons, submissive human pets, and sexy dominant males are a lot for a rookie to cope with.
Especially when Eric is the last person she expects to see…
Requested to assist with the hunt for a vicious serial killer by an old friend, Eric is left speechless to find Jasmine offering herself up as food. The attraction between them is burning as red hot as before, and his lust for the feisty female is just as deep.
More disturbing, his emotions which he normally has leashed, once more slip in her presence. Yet this time they feel different. Darker, primal, and savage yet Eric cannot explain why. The insidious pull of the other predators around him is also more than a sweet temptation he finds himself unable to resist.
Combining forces, Jasmine and Eric must play the parts of Master and submissive.
But nothing is as it seems.
Can they work out who the killer is in a household full of deception and secrets before it is too late? Or will a price be paid in blood….
*** 18 & over only. Contains sexual scenes, light BDSM, sex and some violence. ***
Dark Desires is the second book in The Hunter Chronicles and it launches us straight back into Jasmine’s world. Like last time Jasmine finds herself in a whole heap of trouble again!
Dark Desires is set a few months after Jasmine had last seen Eric. They shared an unforgettable night of passion then Eric took off. Jasmine misses Eric and hopes that she will hear from him soon.
Jasmine’s newest assignment has her in the heart of a vampire nest in Prague. She and her team are after a murderer who seems to be killing human women close to this nest. So Jasmine and one of the other girls from the team are undercover as blood donors.
The mistress of this nest has summoned Eric and another vampiria; Asier; to the nest to conduct their own investigation and to track down the killer. Jasmine and her team have no idea that Eric is in the nest. When Jasmine arrives both her and Eric are equally shocked to see the other one there.
Who will find the killer first? Will the mistress of the nest get her claws into Eric? And why oh why is Asier so interested in Jasmine?
Jasmine is fiery and strong-willed, she doesn’t like being controlled or told what to do. Eric is hot, sexy and dominating! He likes to have control over everything but he can not control Jasmine. I think this is why they make such a hot couple.
The other characters play their parts well. I’d like to see more of them in the future books, especially Asier, Twitch and Jemma. Twitch’s humour is present throughout and never fails to bring a smile to my face or to make me laugh out loud.
The plot is well planned and well laid out. The events flow effortlessly and are incredibly believable. Eric and Jasmine’s relationships anything but plain sailing, but then is any relationship? Claire’s writing style continues to be full of emotion and captivating from the start, making reading her work an absolute pleasure!
CLAIMED BY MAGIC; THE HUNTER CHRONICLES BOOK 3
Broken hearted from Eric’s betrayal in Prague, Jasmine turns to her best friend to get her mind off everything she has lost.
Twitch takes her on a wild adventure in an attempt to cheer her up, but unbeknownst to either of them, danger lurks within the shadows of the techno mage’s magical homeland.
An ancient evil is rising.
No one is safe.
No one can be trusted.
Lines are drawn.
The battle to survive begins.
*** Warning this book contains some violence, sexual scenes, magic and adventure. For an audience over 18. You should read Dark Desires before this book in the series. ***
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After reading books 1 and 2 of this series I must confess I’m kinda hooked! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
Claimed By Magic starts with Twitch and Jasmine, they are heading to Twitch’s homeland. Up until now as much as Twitch has been one of the main characters he has been kept under wraps, only seeing little snippets about him, his backstory has been sketchy to say the least. Now we get to learn a little more about him and his past.
As much as we see into Twitch’s life and family, it’s not all fun and games. There is evil just around the corner. And Jasmine and Twitch are tangled up right in the middle!
This book is also filled with the same levels of action, adventure and steaminess. But at the same time its so different, as the action in Claimed By Magic starts much quicker. The characters are still surrounded by suspense and mystery that will have you hooked and constantly guessing until the very end.
We also see a side to Jasmine and Twitch’s working relationship that we don’t see very often. This makes them more endearing to us as a reader.
Claire Marta has once again created another part to the world in which The Hunter Chronicles is set. It has been created in her usual unique way and it joins seamlessly with the rest of the series so far.
Claire’s writing style is as good as ever, it pulls you into the plot and holds you right alongside Jasmine and Twitch until the very end. Claire has given just the right balance of descriptive information and character interaction. She has once again packed this instalment with action, suspense, mystery and a splash of steaminess too.
This series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I truly can not wait to see what happens in book #4 and where Claire takes this next.
Another very intriguing instalment!
THE SERPENTS KISS; THE HUNTER CHRONICLES BOOK 4
Jasmine Hunter’s addiction for the vampire bite is swallowing her whole. Left with no other choice; she seeks out the Master Vampire of London to ease her pain.
But Asier Serpico has his own agenda. Dark, lethal, and intoxicating; he offers sweet seduction and even more—pleasure. He wants to take her pain—and her body—from the one she loves.
Can Jasmine resist Asier while fighting to prevent the impending disaster of a new drug wreaking havoc on the city streets….
This book was fab! I loved it, I was hooked from the very beginning. This is book 4 in The Hunter Series & I was dying to get my hands on this story.
The Serpent’s Kiss is Asier’s story. Asier has been present in the other books in this series; he’s always been somewhat of a mysterious figure, not anymore!, It’s his turn to be in the spotlight. Now we see Asier as we’ve never seen him before, we get up close & personal with him. Although I wouldn’t mind getting closer to him!!! 😉
Jasmine is still trying to live with her problem; the vampire bite addiction. When the effects get too bad Twitch decides to take her to Asier’s club in London. Jasmine knows that Asier’s help will come at a price, but she knows that she doesn’t have much choice.
Asier has a problem of his own; someone is selling drugs in his club & he has no idea who, how or what they are selling. He knows that the people who take it wind up dead or in a coma.
Jasmine & her team are also looking for the dealer/manufacturer, as luck would have it they end up working with Asier to find them. Asier states he wants to be paired with Jasmine!
This book certainly opens your eyes to Asier & his way of living! Seeing things from Asier’s POV (as well as Jasmine’s) helps us to learn & understand ha the Master Vampire works, we also find out what his Vampiria powers are, & how he uses them to his advantage.
Asier has a dark & dangerous side to him. In The Serpent’s Kiss we see more into just how dangerous he can be. At the same time, we see how loyal & protective he can be too.
Once again Claire launches us straight back into Jasmine’s world & we are placed seamlessly back alongside Jasmine & her friends.
The world that Claire creates is fantastic. Her characters are realistic, lovable & believable. Claire draws you in effortlessly from the first page & holds your attention until the last page.
All that’s left for me to say is if you haven’t yet started this series, you really need to.
TWITCH; THE HUNTER CHRONICLES BOOK 5
Still grieving from the tragic events in his homeland, Twitch is struggling to find a balance. While trying to control a new, unforseen side to his magic, the last thing he expects is to be consumed with thoughts of a pink haired girl with innocent grey eyes.
Bewitched and confused with the feelings Lexi stirs within him, Twitch is blindsided by the danger that surrounds him. What he thought he knew isn’t as solid as he believes.
With enemies drawing near, threatening both their lives, Twitch must master his new magic to survive, or be forever crippled by what has been unleashed.
This is a continuation of The Hunter Chronicles Series. But this book is finally the story of Twitch. Twitch is the resident pervy techno-mage that is Jasmine’s best friend. This story is amazing, it’s not what I was expecting!
I won’t go into details about the story as I can’t allow myself to give away any of the details of this fabulous story.
What I can talk about is everything else except the plot.
The characters are amazing, Twitch, Lexi, Nelly and Zook! Twitch’s character finally reveals his hidden depths. We learn so much about his past, present & future. Twitch has so much more to him than we could have ever realised.
Lexi is a strong character, she is feisty, intelligent & passionate, she knows what she wants but she also has a deep down vulnerable side, & she doesn’t want to lose what she has and loves.
Nelly & Zook are both new characters & again they have their reasons for being there & they play their roles extremely well. They fit the overall plot & are there to keep trying to help and guide Twitch to be better & to achieve his full potential.
Claire’s writing is once more fabulous, she continues to create & weave a story that captivates the mind & hearts of those who read it. These characters have a place in my heart & now I have an understanding of Twitch, which has only made him more endearing. Claire has put so much emotion into Twitch’s story & it’s very clear to feel it throughout the whole book.
Overall I have loved every page of this book & I really am looking forward to seeing where these characters take me next time around.
If you haven’t yet read this series I would genuinely recommend starting with book 1 & following these guys with their journey!
~~About The Author~~
A native Brit, I live in Italy with my husband and daughter. When I am not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoys taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.
When the smoke from the battle clears, the victors must set forth again to tear down the walls of tyranny and bring forth a new way of life to those who have lived under oppression. But what does this new era bring for Ginger and her new family in Harrison?
Find out what the future has in store in the stunning conclusion to the Seven Years Gone series.
These will be provided as and when they are available. For now please see Liz’s Amazon author page for detail on the series so far…
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Liz spent several years living in the Okanogan valley of British Columbia where she found inspiration for the setting of the Seven Years Gone series. She currently resides on the Black Sea coast of Romania with her husband and their cat, FuzzyButt.
Today I’m pleased to helping the lovely Rob Enright celebrate and showcase the relaunch of his book Doorways! Not only am I featuring the book on here but at 2pm UK time on Facebook Rob will be taking over my little blog group. Keep reading for details on where to find this little party!
Now though it’s time for DOORWAYS…
There is more to the shadows than just darkness
The Otherside is located at the fringes of our world, hiding in plain sight and existing within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency, whose members all possess ‘The Knack’, a genetic anomaly that allows them to see this other world.
Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones is the BTCO’s finest agent, the only human to have passed to the Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with both worlds, Bermuda reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind and the daughter he can no longer see. Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who has vanished under mysterious circumstances.
As Bermuda delves further into the disappearance, he uncovers a threat that could destroy the truce between two worlds…and finds himself in a race against time to safeguard humanity’s very existence.
Discover a new world in this fast-paced urban fantasy packed with thrills, action and the odd one liner.
Author: Leigh Lennon
Release Date: January 26th 2018
A baby is all I’ve ever wanted.
After almost dying on the operating table,
I despise everything about motherhood,
especially the little girl I brought into this world.
It makes me sound awful; hell; I am awful.
How can I make myself fall in love with a baby
I feel no attachment to?
I don’t recognize my wife anymore.
When I thought I might lose Emma during our baby’s delivery;
she survived only to reject the baby I love so much.
When I hold this baby, I fully understand unconditional love.
How do I make the woman I love want this little girl I would move heaven and earth for.
When you’ve lived the reckless rock and roll lifestyle Rick Fars has it’s no surprise to learn he’s been there, done that, and in Rick’s case he’s most likely left his t-shirt behind on some woman’s bedroom floor. As a wealthy playboy bachelor Rick’s never been taken by any woman, but he’s taken plenty and often.
Outwardly Rick is living the dream, however, appearances can be deceptive and behind closed doors Rick’s life is far more complex than most would realize. When the past and the present collide will Rick’s future finally help him to know his own mind?
“Guess you should get your kit off, Rick, then between us we can teach Corrie what she’s been missing all these years,” he said, playfully. I stared in amazement at Len for a minute because this was so unlike the serious guy I’d known for the previous few years, before I turned my attention to Coral.
She lay on the bed in a deliciously appealing pose, raised up on her elbows, one slender leg bent sexily at the knee with her foot resting on the mattress, the other leg flopped casually to the side. Her shaved p***y was clearly visible and incredibly alluring. I noted her gorgeous face was still flushed from her orgasmic haze and an expectant expression accompanied her salacious smile. It was all the motivation I’d needed to reach for my belt buckle.
Shoving my jeans down my legs to the floor I stood straight and stepped out of them. As I looked up my hungry eyes met Coral’s, and hers flared wide in surprise as she checked out my body. I was used to women reacting to my physique, but none of them had ever had the effect Coral had on me. I glanced at Len and saw he was checking me out as well or at the very least gauging my reaction to Coral.
Without speaking Coral rolled over onto her stomach and Len knelt on the bed and gestured by nodding for me to move to Coral’s other side. Not being one that needed to be prompted twice, I climbed on and lay alongside her. Moving her head to the side to look at me she smiled again, but this time there was no innocence in it, instead it was loaded with temptation.
~~About The Author~~
K. L. Shandwick lives on the outskirts of London. She started writing after a challenge by a friend when she commented on a book she read. The result of this was “The Everything Trilogy.” Her background has been mainly in the health and social care sector in the U.K. She is still currently a freelance or self- employed professional in this field. Her books tend to focus on the relationships of the main characters. Writing is a form of escapism for her and she is just as excited to find out where her characters take her as she is when she reads another author’s work.
He was my downfall six years ago.
His actions lead me to a life that tried to ruin me.
Even though I almost cracked under the weight of the world I was in, I managed to win a losing battle.
I fought for my second chance and I made my way back to him.
Because the end game for me wasn’t death; it was him.
And as long as I had him, I was alive.
I made one wrong move in a world I thought I knew everything about and I lost her.
I was stupid and naive to think I was above him, but when he took her, I rose up and took the throne.
Now, the empire was mine. All I needed was her.
When she came back, I could finally breathe. There was no longer a void in my life. I was whole again.
Everything was complete and my empire was solid now that I had my backbone.
Until our world was flipped upside down and the world around us began to crumble from beneath our feet.