The Last Pendragon by Sarah Woodbury

I enjoy reading a good mythical fantasy novel and I am getting withdrawal symptoms from not seeing any more Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion or Game of Thrones, although I would like to read Knight of the seven Kingdoms by George R.R.Martin. Anyway I thought I would download The last Pendragon by Sarah Woodbury, courtesy of Amazon Kindle Unlimited. The Last Pendragon is book one of the Last Pendragon Saga by Sarah Woodbury. It is an Exciting Historical fiction novel featuring myths and magic and set during the Arthurian times in the dark ages. The novel features Cade who is a decendent of King Arthur and has been long foretold as the one who will unite Wales against the Saxon invaders. Meanwhile Rhiannon is the illigitimate daughter of the self-styled King and usurper Cadfael and is bent on turning away any suiters that come her way – her father is none to thrilled at her recalcitrance and seeks to marry her off to a Saxon Lord.

Then Cade is dragged before her father’s throne, beaten and having lost all of his men to her father’s treachery, he stirs something inside her that she has never felt before. When Cade is revealed to be not only Arthur’s heir but touched by the sidhe. Rhiann must choose between the life she left behind and the one before her–and ask herself how much she is willing to risk to follow her heart. Cade and Rhiannon soon find themselves in the thick of adventure, encountering the sidhe, demons, hell hounds and the Welsh Gods. The Complete Series reading order is:

  • The Last Pendragon,
  • The Pendragon’s Blade,
  • Song of the Pendragon,
  • The Pendragon’s Quest,
  • The Pendragon’s Champions,
  • Rise of the Pendragon,
  • The Pendragon’s Challenge,
  • Legend of the Pendragon.
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Cursed City (Shadow Detective Book 1) by William Massa

I also like reading a good creepy ghost story occasionally like Woman in Black, Dracula or Crimson Peak so i thought i would download Cursed City, which book one in the Shadow Detective Book series by William Massa and is available free gratis on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

Cursed City is described as an occult/horror’/ ‘supernatural’ thriller by William Massa. It features Mike Raven whose parents were murdered by demons when He was eight. He discovers his parents were paranormal investigators who had got too close and that Hell always settles its scores. He decides to join the family business and Spends the next two decades studying the occult and travelling the world fighting monsters Including Vampires. Shifters. Demons and Ghosts.

Then he meets Celeste and from the moment Celeste steps into his office, He senses that she is in deep trouble. Black magic trouble. Mike discovers that Her father had promised her soul to a powerful demon on the day she was born. Now, twenty-one years later, the forces of darkness were gathering to collect their long-awaited prize and so in desperation Celeste asks Mike Raven for help before its too late.

Missing by Charlie Gallagher

I also enjoy reading a gripping exciting crime thriller from time to time and I would like to read Missing by Charlie Gallagher. It is described as an adrenaline-packed, pulsating, riveting and gripping stand-alone crime thriller, which is available free gratis on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It features Sergeant Shaun Carter and begins In the busy town centre of Canterbury, where a woman and a young boy are suddenly snatched from the street. Meanwhile A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing people he is looking for.

These two events end up having far reaching consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heartbreaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network. As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences

Mortal Heir by Emma L.Adams

I also enjoy reading a good fantasy epic from time to time, so I thought I would download Mortal Heir by Emma L.Adams free gratis courtesy of Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Mortal Heir ia book one in the The Thief’s Talisman series by Emma L. Adams. It features Raine Warren, half-faerie changeling, master thief and Mortal heir in a world of treacherous immortals. Raine wants nothing to do with the family who abandoned her in the human realm as a child. But when Faerie comes knocking, claiming she’s descended from Sidhe nobility, she’s handed an unexpected legacy. One catch: it comes in the form of a sceptre containing dark power which is both coveted—and feared—by every faerie court, and it has no instruction manual so Raine must learn to use the sceptre herself.

Unfortunately many others also want the sceptre and Now her name’s on every hit list in Faerie, and the other Sidhe will do anything to take her off the playing field… permanently. Her last hope is to strike a deal with a charming thief with his own agenda and his own plans for the sceptre. On the run from assassins and hunted by the most powerful faeries in both realms, embracing the dangerous magic of Faerie might be Raine’s only means of survival.

The Thief’s Son by Chris Sanders

I would like to read The Thief’s Son by Chris Sanders, which is available free gratis on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. The Thief’s Son is a fast-paced, mystery thriller about a young photo-journalist, Named Sam Locke, who stumbles across his estranged, criminal father while on assignment in Colombia. Sam learns that Jack, His father, fled Europe during the eighties to set up his own kidnapping and racketeering ring in South America. During his assignment, Sam soon finds himself in all sorts of danger when he is kidnapped by the same men who now work on behalf of his father.

Sam and Jack’s ensuing relationship is explosive to say the least and they have constant battles against the local drug cartel. Then Sam has a steamy affair with Maria, the girlfriend of the cartel’s psychotic boss. Jack, Maria and Sam quickly form an unlikely but strong bond and together, with the odds firmly stacked against them, they plan their escape from small-town Colombia. Readers can also Get a FREE copy of Chris Sanders latest horror novel – The Devil’s Blue Eyes! By visiting the website http://www.chrissanderswriter.com

The cleaner by Mark Dawson

I would like to read The cleaner, an exciting fast paced thriller by Mark Dawson which features Milton, a problem solver for the British government who is called on to take care of the worst of the worst: the enemies of the state that the Secret Service and the military can’t stop. However years of covert identities and clandestine missions have taken their toll. Milton is troubled by nightmares and resolves to make his next job his last. Then, perhaps, he can start to make amends for everything that he has done.

Milton finds himself in the East End of London, Where A young mother needs his help to rescue her son from a life on the street. But the gang that has taken the boy in, and the charismatic criminal who leads it, are not about to cooperate with him. As London burns through summer riots, Milton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, dealing with an unfamiliar foe. And then his employer sends another agent after him, and the odds against him are stacked even higher.

Ray Charles

American Rhythm and blues legend Ray Charles was Born September 23, 1930. His musical curiosity was first sparked when he heard boogie woogie played on an old upright piano. Charles started to lose his sight at the age of five & went completely blind by the age of seven, apparently due to glaucoma. He attended school at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine from 1937 to 1945,where he developed his musical talent. During this time he performed on WFOY radio in St. Augustine. In school, Charles was taught only classical music, but wanted to play the jazz and blues. While at school, he became the school’s premier musician.Charles was 15 When his mother died. He didn’t return to school, preferring instead, to play the piano for bands at the Ritz Theatre in LaVilla, earning $4 a night. He also played with a southern band called The Florida Playboys. This is where he began his habit of always wearing sunglasses, made by designer Billy Stickles. Charles had always played for other people, but he wanted his own band, so He decided to leave Florida and moved to Seattle in 1947 (where he first met and befriended a 14-year-old Quincy Jones, and soon started recording, first for the Down Beat label as the Maxin Trio with guitarist G.D. McKee and bassist Milton Garrett.

By fusing elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings he became a pioneer in the genre of soul music and achieved his first hit with “Confession Blues” in 1949 and joined Swing Time Records where he recorded two more R&B hits, “Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” in 1951 and “Kissa Me Baby”in 1952. In early 1953 . Charles began recording jump blues and boogie-woogie style recordings as well as slower blues ballads where he continued to show the vocal influences of Nat “King” Cole and Charles Brown. “Mess Around” became Charles’ first Atlantic hit in 1953 and he later had hits the following year with “It Should Have Been Me” and “Don’t You Know”. He also recorded the songs, “Midnight Hour” and “Sinner’s Prayer”. Late in 1954, Charles recorded his own composition, “I Got a Woman”, and the song became Charles’ first number-one R&B hit in 1955 and brought him to national prominence. The elements of “I Got a Woman” included a mixture of gospel, jazz and blues elements that would later prove to be seminal in the development of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music. He repeated this pattern throughout 1955 continuing through 1958 with records such as “This Little Girl of Mine”, “Drown in My Own Tears”, “Lonely Avenue”, “A Fool For You” and “The Night Time (Is the Right Time)”.Charles also recorded instrumental jazz albums such as 1957′s The Great Ray Charles. During this time, Charles also worked with jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson, releasing Soul Brothers in 1958 and Soul Meeting in 1961 and reached the pinnacle of his success at Atlantic with the release of “What’d I Say”. Later in 1959, and released his first country song, a cover of Hank Snow’s “Movin’ On”, and had recorded three more albums for the label including a jazz record (later released in 1961 as The Genius After Hours), a blues record (released in 1961 as The Genius Sings the Blues) and a traditional pop/big band record (The Genius of Ray Charles).

In 1960 Charles received national acclaim and a Grammy Award for the Sid Feller- produced “Georgia on My Mind”, and also earned another Grammy for the follow-up “Hit the Road Jack”, and became one of the few black artists to crossover into mainstream pop. The 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, also helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. He also had major pop hits in 1963 with “Busted” (US No. 4) and Take These Chains From My Heart. In 1965, Charles’ was arrested for a third time for heroin and After spending a year on parole, Charles reemerged on the charts in 1966 with a series of hits including “I Don’t Need No Doctor” , “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, “Crying Time” and “Here We Go Again”. However, Charles’ renewed chart success, proved to be short lived and by the late 1960s his music was rarely played on radio stations, although Charles’ 1972 album, Message from the People, was a hit and included his unique gospel- influenced version of “America the Beautiful” and His 1975 recording of Stevie Wonder’s hit, “Living for the City” later helped Charles win another Grammy.In 1977, he recorded the album, True to Life and In April 1979, Charles’ version of “Georgia On My Mind” was proclaimed the state song of Georgia and An emotional Charles performed the song on the floor of the state legislature. During the 1980′s Charles recorded a string of country albums and began having a string of country hits often with duet singers such as George Jones, Chet Atkins, B.J. Thomas, Mickey Gilley, Hank Williams, Jr. and lifelong friend Willie Nelson, for which he recorded the No. 1 country duet, “Seven Spanish Angels”.

He also made a return on the R&B charts with a cover of The Brothers Johnson’s “I’ll Be Good to You”, in collaboration with his lifelong buddy Quincy Jones and singer Chaka Khan, which hit number-one on the R&B charts in 1990 and won Charles and Khan a Grammy. Charles returned on the pop charts in another duet, with singer Billy Joel on the song, “Baby Grand” and in 1989, recorded a cover of the Southern All Stars’ “Itoshi no Ellie”, releasing it as “Ellie My Love”. Charles’ 1993 album, My World also became his first album in some time to reach the Billboard 200 and his cover of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” gave him a charted hit on the adult contemporary chart as well as his twelfth and final Grammy he would receive in his lifetime. In 1980, he also made a cameo on the film, The Blues Brothers.Charles’ version of “Night Time is the Right Time” was also played during the popular “Cosby Show” episode, “Happy Anniversary” and In 1985, he appeared among a slew of other popular musicians in the USA for Africa charity recording, “We Are the World”. Charles also appeared at two Presidential inaugurations in his lifetime. In 1985, he performed for Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration, and in 1993 for Bill Clinton’s first. In 2003, Ray Charles also headlined the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. where the President, First Lady, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice attended. In 2003 Charles performed “Georgia On My Mind” and “America the Beautiful” at a televised annual electronic media journalist banquet held in Washington, D.C. His final public appearance came on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio in Los Angeles.

Ray Charles sadly died 10 June 2004 as a result of liver failure/hepatitis C at his home at the age of 73 years old. His final album, Genius Loves Company, was released two months after his death, consists of duets with various admirers and contemporaries: B.B. King, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and Johnny Mathis. The album won eight Grammy Awards, including five for Ray Charles for Best Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Here We Go Again” with Norah Jones, and Best Gospel Performance for “Heaven Help Us All” with Gladys Knight; he also received nods for his duets with Elton John and B.B. King. The album included a version of Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow”, sung as a duet by Charles and Johnny Mathis; this record was played at his memorial service. Two more posthumous albums, Genius & Friends and Ray Sings, Basie Swings, were released. Genius & Friends consisted of duets recorded from 1997 to 2005 with his choice of artists. Ray Sings, Basie Swings consists of archived vocals of Ray Charles from live mid-1970s performances added to new instrumental tracks specially recorded by the contemporary Count Basie Orchestra and other musicians. Charles’s vocals recorded from the concert mixing board were added to new accompaniments to create a “fantasy concert” recording. The late great Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business” and Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.