My Review ♥ Nefertiti’s Heart

 

 

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Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.

1861. Cara has a simple mission in London – finalise her father’s estate and sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when a killer stalks the nobility, searching for an ancient Egyptian relic rumoured to hold the key to immortality.

Nathaniel Trent, known as the villainous viscount, is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on both Cara and the priceless artifacts. His icy exterior and fiery touch stirs Cara’s demons, or could he lay them to rest?

Self-preservation fuels Cara’s search for the gem known as Nefertiti’s Heart. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she sacrifices her own heart and life.

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My Review

Title: Nefertiti’s Heart (Artifact Hunters, Book 1)
Author: A.W. Exley
Genre: Steampunk-Murder Mystery-Romance-Adventure-Victorian London
Rating: 5 Immortal ‘s

This book has everything you could ever want: Murder mystery, airships, sleuthing, ancient mystical artifacts, pompous chauvinistic pigs getting their just desserts – in public, mechanical horses, spoiled debutantes, a hot as hell viscount who may or may not be the bad guy – and a kick ass female lead. Oh yeah, and it’s all set in a Steampunk’d Victorian London! What more could you ask for?

The author’s note simply states that the book is written in British English, which I have no problem with, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s written in plain, British English and not the overly formal Victorian dialect, so it was extremely easy to follow and stay within the story.

Cara Devon was born a noblewoman to a father with a heavy gambling problem, an obsession for ancient artifacts and no love for his unruly daughter. Now, he’s dead. The only reason why she has returned to the city that scorned her, turned its back on her when she needed it most. Her only desire is to find all of the treasures her father has stashed away and sell them so she can stay independently wealthy and free from society’s trappings. But just after her arrival, the daughters of the city’s nobles start turning up dead in very symbolic, ritualistic ways and as the number one suspect for her father’s murder, Cara finds herself under the ruthless scrutiny of the Queen’s Enforcers.

Nathaniel Trent, Viscount Lyons is a self-made man. Though the title is real, his father had brought their family to the brink of bankruptcy leaving him with one option: marry some boring twit for her family’s fortune. Nate chose to start his own airship company, employee sky pirates and become the Lord of the Criminal Underground, instead. No one, not even the Queen’s Enforcers, dare to lay a finger on him or his business. His men are just as untouchable, until the feisty tigress, Cara Devon, decides to send two of them running home with bullet holes, rather than the book they’d been ordered to relieve her of.

A tantalizing game of cat and mouse ensues, rife with sexual tension. All while Cara’s trying to keep her head held high in a society that views her as “damaged, tainted goods” and now wants to blame her for the psycho on the loose killing all the wealthy women her age. Not knowing who to trust, Cara takes on her father’s cryptic journals to track down his hidden relics, while she’s being watched by the authorities and stalked by the villainous viscount.

When the connections start becoming too clear between the serial killings, her father’s murder and one of his relics known as Nefertiti’s Heart, Cara might have to swallow her independent pride and seek the help of the two men she’s been spending so much time avoiding: One copper, one criminal.

In the meantime, she finds herself being called upon to help the women of the city that don’t have the kind of freedom she does, who are still imprisoned by their family names, expectations and most importantly, their valuable reputations. Which, gives Cara ample opportunity to thumb her nose at society even more in the most creative and hilarious ways.

I look forward to reading the rest of this series and would recommend this book to everyone I know, because it doesn’t fit into just one genre or category. It touches on so many things at once. Women’s rights (or lack thereof), the age of invention, the frustration of police work without forensics, the constraints of a backward thinking society, the psychosis of a serial killer and a hint of supernatural intrigue. Of course, at the heart of it all is an emotionally charged romance and the evolution of a woman learning to face the horrors of her past, to discover if she can survive what she might become beyond them.

Trigger Warnings: Mild to moderate graphic depictions of fight scenes, murder, corpses, nudity and sex, as well as memories and discussions of rape and physical abuse.

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Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist

Author: Theresa Braun & Mr. Deadman
Genre: Horror Anthology/ Short Stories
Release Date: July 1, 2017

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From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?

Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.

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Aggravated Momentum

Author: Didi Oviatt
Genre: Thriller/ Suspense/ Murder Mystery/ Mature 18+
Release Date: September 12, 2016

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Blurb

Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.

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Didi Oviatt

Didi Oviatt is a small town gal who married a small town guy. Within a few years of experiencing a new families bliss, she discovered that she had a thirst to write. Now, after digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee(coming soon), Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six piece short story collection called the Time Wasters.

And don’t fret: there are two more Lamian novels in the works.

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Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1)

Author: Candace Robinson
Genre: YA/ Horror/ Fantasy/ Retelling
Release Date: May 16, 2017

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Blurb

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness.

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Candace Robinson

Her name is Candace Robinson, obviously. She’s just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She lives just outside of Houston, Texas with her husband and daughter, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She is also the author of Hearts Are Like Balloons.

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Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted

Author: Angelina Kerner
Genre: Chick-lit/women’s fiction
Release Date: July 31, 2016

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One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her.

Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters.

Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her.

Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?

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Angelina Kerner, a Pisces, was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Snake, which she absolutely adores. Angelina loves snakes, and was once allowed to feed one a rat. That was an experience of a lifetime.

She moved around during her young years from Novosibirsk to Kaluga in Russia. Finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, her teenage years were spent dancing in troupes and performing on stage. The dances ranged from waltz to tango, from Jewish to Russian, and finally belly dance. She was accepted into six out of seven universities, and decided to stay close to her family. Angelina pursued a psychology degree until she saw graduates working for Starbucks and then decided to pursue another career path in the department of Social Sciences. The difficult coursework, her job, and finding her life partner inspired her to turn to writing which, at the time, wasn’t so much a hobby as a way to escape daily routine.

She worked on countless stories, never really finishing them, but came to understand that flash fiction wasn’t for her. After finding an online community where she met her best friend, her writing flourished, making publication a possible next step. She is now the author of Deity’s Soulmate, a fantasy novel for 18 and over, and of Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted, a chick-lit novella where the main character is disabled. She aspires to publish her other fantasy and crime fiction works soon. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful phoenix. That novel will, hopefully, make its debut in 2018.

Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, and a lot of cats. She is also a new mother!

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Roadside

Author: Angie Dokos
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance
Release Date: May 6, 2017

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Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

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Angie Dokos

Angie Dokos was born a reader and grew to be a writer. Okay, so the reading took a few years, but in the meantime, she was having someone else read to her. She enjoys hiking and loves to travel. She currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and children.

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The Old Man at the End of the World: Bite #1

Author: A.K. Silversmith
Genre: Short Story/ Comedy-Horror/ Zombies/ Parody
Release Date: February 16, 2017

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Blurb

“THE GOOD LIFE meets DOUGLAS ADAMS meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD!” – Dave F, Amazon

Gerald Stockwell-Poulter couldn’t help but feel it was extraordinary just how quickly his life had changed. One moment he was earthing up leeks in the West Sussex sunshine and the next he was rooted to the spot as Rodney Timmins from the end allotment ambled towards him, arms

outstretched, blood pouring from a hole in his neck and a look in his eye which suggested that he was less after help and more after a helping of Gerald.

Now, as Gerald’s life takes a quick turn for the worse, he must do things he has never done before. After 87 largely well-behaved years as a model citizen, less than four hours into the ‘zompocalypse’ and he has already killed a neighbour, rescued a moody millennial drug dealer and forged an unlikely allegiance with a giant ginger Scotsman. And it isn’t even tea time.

Join Gerald as he and his newfound allies navigate the post-apocalyptic English countryside in their hilarious bid to stay off the menu.

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AK Silversmith is the author of The Old Man at the End of the World; a series of zombie apocalypse Bites centering on the world of 87-year-old Gerald Stockwell-Poulter.

Bite 2 is coming soon…

She was born in Tasmania in 1983 and now lives in western Ireland where the weather is similar but the zombies are still absent.

I have also put an author interview on my site if anyone is interested in more info.

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