Book Club Voting - November 2017
Thank you all for your book submissions. We have narrowed down the choices for next month's book to the top 10 below. Please review the descriptions and vote only one time for your favorite pick to add to the Book Club collection.
Any book not chosen will continue to remain on our list as well as any book not part of this month’s vote will have the chance to be part of another month’s vote until everyone gets a turn. The authors must be a member or investor of Legion M.
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Update November Voting Results: Congratulations to Greg Roensch and his top voted book Breakfast with the Alien and Other Short, Short Stories. Please use the amazon purchase link to get a copy of the book to read, http://amzn.to/2gMg8YA. Join our Book Club Shindig coming up on Tuesday Nov 28 at 6pm PT.
Title: The Coven
Author: Chrissy Lessey
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Log Line: They hide in plain sight, ruled by a secret queen - and there can only be one queen.
Synopsis: Newly single mother Stevie Lewis divides her time between raising Charlie, running a store with her best friend, and avoiding the meetings of her mother’s Beaufort Historic Society. When Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch, launches an attack against young Charlie, Stevie’s simple life derails, and her long-dormant powers awaken. A 300-year-old secret is exposed, revealing her destiny to one day rule the clandestine community of witches who hide in plain sight. Now she must master her own magical powers before it’s too late. Because Vanessa’s on the warpath, and only Stevie can stop her.
Title: Solar Reboot
Author: Matthew Hunt
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy > Action Adventure > Dystopian
Synopsis: Is it the end of the world?
When the solar flares first erupt, Cameron tries to rationalize the disaster away. The electrical grid will come back up. The government will reassure the panicked populace. The hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes will abate. Most importantly, Cameron’s husband, Alex, and daughter, Piper, will get home safely from New York City. Instead, Cameron finds herself alone as the world tears itself apart. Her best hope for refuge is the family’s isolated cabin, but distance isn’t the only obstacle Cameron faces. Society has been destroyed, and a bunch of scared, confused people are trying to figure out how to survive. They need a leader with a firm grip on reality and a steady hand, but does Cameron want the responsibility of so many lives? Meanwhile, Cameron’s family travels across a ruined America in a quest to reunite with her. Alex believes that his wife is safe at their cabin in the Pacific Northwest, but he doesn’t know if his diabetic daughter, Piper, can survive the journey without access to insulin. As father and daughter fight to survive, they bear witness to not only the horrific violence desperation unleashes but also the grace and compassion of ordinary people.
Title: Breakfast with the Alien and Other Short, Short Stories
Author: Greg Roensch
Genre: Short Story
Log Line: This collection of quirky short stories, featuring characters from all walks of life and worlds that exist in the shadowy realm between dream and reality, remind us that life is strange, frightening, remarkable ... and always surprising.
Synopsis: A mysterious woman stumbles into a campground in the dead of the night. A pair of extraterrestrials conducts a secret mission in a hospital maternity ward. An arctic tour guide loses radio contact with his ship. A young island girl dreams of a new life in a foreign land. In this collection of short, short stories -- some just a few paragraphs long -- Greg Roensch breathes life into characters from all walks of life and creates whole worlds, many of which exist in the shadowy realm between dream and reality. Full of chance encounters and missed opportunities, these stories remind us that life is strange, frightening, remarkable ... and always surprising.
Title: The Roswell Protocols
Author: Allan Burd
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Log Line: A spaceship crash lands outside the borders of the United States setting off a covert war to retrieve the advanced alien technology. But are any of them truly prepared for what they'll find? Think Tom Clancy meets the X-files.
Synopsis: In 1947, a spaceship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Now its happened again, but this time the ship doesn't come down in the United States and it was caught on radar by other world powers. Multiple countries make a play to retrieve it, for whoever gets it will become the next sole superpower on the global stage. However, aboard the craft, aliens have survived and they aren't going to get captured without a fight. This is a must win battle and to succeed we need a plan. Fortunately, we have one. Within Marine Base at Camp Pendleton an order is given--Initiate the Roswell Protocols. The race is on. The covert war to gain possession of alien technology has begun.
Title: Having A Whaley of a Time
Author: Donna Keeley
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Log Line: It's amazing how death can screw up your life.
Synopsis: After a near death experience, former investigative reporter Shannon MacIntyre finds she can see, hear, and speak to ghosts. Along with her feline companion Styx, Shandon helps calm restless spirits at the Whaley House in San Diego, California. Every story in the series takes place in real, haunted location incorporating the documented ghosts into the narrative.
Title: Kirin Rise The Cast of Shadows
Author: Ed Cruz
Genre: Young Adults
Log Line: A tiny girl, knocks out a guy twice her size with a single punch in an amateur mixed martial arts fight. Everyone watching is wondering how is this possible, not realizing how this event was the starting point to change the world.
Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Kirin Rise doesn’t look like a hero. Short and scrawny, she’s not the type to strike fear into anyone, much less the brutes that make up the United Federation of Mixed Fighting, the organization that has taken over every major sport in the United States. Despite her size, she spent her youth training with her Sifu in the art of Wing Chun Gung Fu with her friend Tobias by her side. What’s more, Kirin has something that many people in 2032 seem to have lost—a conscience. Enraged by government corruption and corporate greed, Kirin sets out to do something about it in the most unlikely place: the weekly bloodbath known as Chum Night. When Kirin knocks out her formidable opponent with one hit, a ripple spreads, stirring the hearts of fans across the country. Hardest hit by the shockwave are Kirin’s family, who become the target of the mob boss Jabbiano, and her friends Gwen, Sage, and Hunter, who deal with the fallout of Kirin’s sudden fame. Kirin herself does not go unscathed as she gains powerful enemies in the form of Thorne, the head of the UFMF, and his flunkies, Fawn and Justice. Kirin Rise: Cast of Shadows is the story of a young woman struggling against the apathy of a nation in her drive to make the world a better place. With the guidance of Sifu and the help of those who love her, she just might survive.
Title: The Devil's Science
Author: Jate Hemms
Genre: Science Fiction
Log Line: Star Trek's Q is tasked with the saving of Earth ... but will he?
Synopsis: Over 40 years ago Earth launched the Voyager space probe and it has now left the solar system, it was recently discovered by a hostile alien race whom before never knew about Earth, they are coming and they are hungry. The Devil (Star Trek's "Q") is tasked with saving his playthings (Earth) that he has enjoyed for millennias, the question is will he? Or can he? Has Q finally met his match in the hordes of hostile aliens bent on taking over Earth as a food source?
Title: The Optimal State
Author: Stone Kennedy
Genre: Science Fiction / Action
Log Line: A college dropout is thrust into a life of Espionage behind a giant wall, in which the government has concealed the crime rate within an entire city.
Synopsis: Kade, a young man drifting toward adulthood receives a mysterious speaker box in the mail that begins demanding compliance in deadly ways. For a task he must move beyond the barrier that protects the suburban citizens from the degenerates of the crime ridden inner city. Meanwhile a government agent tasked to piece together the sudden disappearances of Suburban girls inadvertently witnesses Kade's personal transform from average suburban citizen to a much darker one. The optimal state twists and bends throughout leaving the agent guessing until the explosive end.
Title: Ryker's Journal: Age of Alchemy
Author: Stone Kennedy
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
Log Line: A young scientist goes on a quest with a young man who creates illusions at the cost of his own memories.
Synopsis: All Scheris wants is to go down in history as the greatest treasure hunter the planet Calon has ever known. An unexpected obstacle in that path, in the form of her brute king forces Scheris on an epic adventure for the ultimate prize. Despite her ill mother's wish, Scheris ventures out, far from the only kingdom she has ever known. With being pursued by the king's soldiers and bounty hunters bound to the air by birds, Scheris relies on her gift of alchemy to vanquish enemies by turning dust into gleaming blades of steel. Read directly from the pages of Ryker's Journal as the self proclaimed treasure hunter quests for the ultimate treasure, a quest that could not only save her mother's life but teach her the values of selfishness vs selflessness.
Title: The Clay Messiah
Author: Karen Rae Levine
Genre: Historical Fiction
Log Line: Set against the historically accurate backdrop of the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau, THE CLAY MESSIAH explores our fragile realities and the power of hope.
Synopsis: After months on the battlefields of France and Germany, Daniel, an American soldier, is unprepared for the shock of witnessing the inhumanity contained within the walls of a concentration camp. Daniel befriends Avrum, a teenage survivor equally ill-equipped for his sudden "freedom." Natalie, an overtaxed American nurse attached to the Army Evacuation Hospital sent to the camp, forms a bond with both young men. The trio is threatened by Vladik, Avrum's overzealous protector. Under Nazi rule, Avrum had depended on Vladik's golem-like qualities, but after the liberation the benefit of Vladik's protection becomes a liability and eventually a danger.