10 Books To Add To Your Reading List This Monsoon: DE MODE OF LITERATURE

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE (Vol IV, Issue XXII) | Article Published on: 4th Sept 2021 | www.demodemagazine.com


From gripping thrillers to literary gems, here are some brilliant reads out this monsoon written by authors Steven J. Morris, Amy Rivers, David Giffen, A. L. Berggren, Matt Jardine, Lee Mathew Goldberg, Kimberly Mullins, Nikki A Lamers, Kochery C. Shibu and Sandee Sgarlata and bring perfection & stability to your life by reading their literary journey in the article below.


1. 'THE GUARDIAN OF THE PALACE' - BY AUTHOR STEVEN J. MORRIS

The Guardian of The Palace sits at the crossroads of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and several reviewers have thrown it into the bucket of Thriller. While the author did not intend the latter, suspenseful elements might have crept in through withered and warped door frames, through broken drain pipes, and around the guards meant to keep them out.


Book one of the four-book series, The Guardian League, follows “Red” Hernandez, a woman recently returning to civilian life after a shady stint in the military. Her experience lands her a job protecting a modern-day marvel of a building just as it enters a disputed Phase Two of its construction. While she had no illusions that the job would be easy, she expected her skills in unclogging log-jams in high-pressure military missions to enable the on-time completion of the engineering feat that the public had lovingly dubbed The Palace.


Author Morris begins Chapter 1 by dropping you smack into “Sunday, the day after the attack,” and then jumps between past and present to unravel the tangle of how Red ended up questioning her own beliefs about reality. Then the book marches you forward through science, magic, and adventure-filled mayhem. The chapters fly by, craftily teasing you to peek just a little into the next chapter until you’ve gone too far and might as well just keep going. Surely the end of this chapter will be a good stopping point! But alas, just a tiny peek more. Book one ends with a bang and a cliffhanger that leaves you eager for more. Add this one to your To Be Read list, and be ready for your fantasy/sci-fi/thriller adventure.


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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR STEVEN J. MORRIS

Steven J. Morris spends most of his day designing microchips for Intel Corp. With a PhD in Electrical Engineering, he has worked in multiple roles at Intel over the years, from transistor design to CAD tool creation, to chip creation, switching between the roles of an individual contributor and manager several times. During his career, he has tackled various external efforts - shareware game creation, starting a family, house construction, creating gadgets for the maker revolution, and most recently, writing.

Steve picked writing up after a confluence of events several years prior - a shift at work provided an opportunity, and a retired friend had just written a book. His friend’s self-published book reminded Steve of his desire, some thirty years before, to write a book. On a five-hour car ride one Easter weekend, he tried to pick up the elements of his long-abandoned story, and think them through. By the end of the ride, he decided the story was at least viable—thirty years provides a great deal of insight and experience. He wouldn’t recommend waiting that long to others wanting to write… but some wines need thirty years!


Morris’s journey down the path of a writer brought him to the steps of an editor, Marla Taviano, who took on the role of a writing coach, editor, and friend. And out of Steven’s idea, and Marla’s patience and feedback, The Guardian League came to life. Book 1, 'The Guardian of The Palace', came out in January of 2021. Book 2, 'Stars in the Sand' arrived in June.


Rough drafts of the four-book series existed before the first book appeared on virtual shelves, but it took him months to get each one ready to see the light of day.


Read Author Steven J. Morris's interview with DE MODE & about his upcoming book in the JUL-AUG-SEP 2021 GLOBAL ISSUE (LITERATURE). Download/Order the full issue here.


2. 'COMPLICIT- A LEGACY OF SILENCE' - BY AUTHOR AMY RIVERS

A tangled web of deception and duplicity where predators are shielded by respectability and no one is safe.


Kate Medina had been working as a forensic psychologist and loving every minute until a violent attack left her shaken to the core. She’s retreated to her hometown where it’s safe, accepting a job where the prospect of violence is slim to none. As a high school psychologist, Kate tends to the emotional needs of the youth. It’s not the career she envisioned.


Five years later, a student disappears, leaving the school in crisis. Roman Aguilar, the lead detective, reaches out to Kate for assistance. Kate’s position at the school and her training makes her an ideal ally, but her complicated relationship with Roman puts them at odds.


When the girl’s body is found, changing the focus of the investigation to homicide, Kate finds herself in the middle of a situation she never anticipated. What started as her desire to help puts Kate directly in the crosshairs of an enemy who remains largely in shadow. As her past and present collide, Kate is dragged into the middle of a dangerous game where only one thing is clear—no one can be trusted.


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BOOK REVIEWS
  • A haunting deep dive into the demons all women must face. A brilliant masterpiece. - Rea Frey, Author of 'Until I Find You'.

  • Complicit is a rare powerhouse of a literary thriller with a profound moral compass. - Joe Clifford, Author of 'The Shadow People and the Jay Porter Thriller Series.

THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR AMY RIVERS

Amy Rivers writes novels, short stories and personal essays. She is the Director of Northern Colorado Writers. Her novel All The Broken People was selected as the Colorado Author Project winner in the adult fiction category. She's been published in We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor, Flash! A Celebration of Short Fiction, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, and Splice Today, as well as Novelty Bride Magazine and ESME.com.

Author Amy was raised in New Mexico and now lives in Colorado with her husband and children. She holds degrees in psychology and political science, two topics she loves to write about. Complicit (Company Press) is her fourth novel. Her characters develop and interact well with the other characters.


Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, including Hanging Fall wrote about her book, 'In Complicit, Amy Rivers has woven threads of a local conspiracy, betrayal, and family secrets into a captivating thriller that you can't put down. Gripping!'


Pat Stoltey, the author of Wishing Caswell Dead Two sisters grown apart over the years, haunted by secrets they don't want to share, are drawn together when young girls from their hometown start disappearing and dying. Complicit is an excellent romantic mystery that reveals one small town's ugly side.


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3. 'REDEMPTIVE TRAUMA - CONFESSION OF A DEFROCKED PRIEST' - BY AUTHOR DAVID GIFFEN

David Giffen was once a defrocked priest. Having spent a decade as an Anglican cleric in Southwestern Ontario, David served in leadership in three urban social-justice focused appointments as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. David was deprived of ministry and terminated from his appointment as an incumbent priest of his parish on December 12th, 2018. He was in his fourth month on medical leave. David was formally accused, investigated and found guilty of sexual misconduct, all while he was drugged out, melting down on social media.


As someone working to heal from traumatic stress injuries from childhood, David's diagnosis with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2018 led him to become a public advocate for the de-stigmatization of mental health and addiction issues (especially when related to generational trauma). He quickly learned the challenges and opportunities this presents, as he himself is one of the examples. Redemptive Trauma: Confession of a Defrocked Priest is a memoir embracing hard truths of trauma to help others heal their own.


David holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Huron University College at the Western University in London, Ontario. For most of his adult life, David served as a street-involved pastor in Toronto and London. His major focuses of ministry were related to social outreach, restorative justice, and learning to wrestle with life and faith in the rapidly evolving social media age.


The author is almost certain that if you don't like stories about sex, drugs, rock stars, alcohol, and the uneven rise and fall of the guilty and the innocent, you probably won't like the Bible either. Or this book. Otherwise, go ahead, dig into both.


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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR DAVID GIFFEN

David works with executives, academics, groups and businesses – anyone who has found themselves or their organizations in a place that requires support and guidance to plan the best steps to achieve a stated objective, all the way to working through transformative change.

A childhood immigrant from his native Scotland, David has spent a lifetime working alongside some of the most talented leaders across the Canadian landscape. From an early age, he learned that significant change only comes with impactful leadership. David has assembled a gifted collective of leaders to resource the growing needs of the wider community. Both in his work as founder of 403 Leadership Collective & the Co-Founder of The F.O.C.U.S. Movement.


David has become a public advocate for the destigmatization of people suffering from mental health and addiction issues, and quickly learned the challenges (and opportunities) this presents when he himself is one of the examples.


David holds both a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree from Huron University College at the Western University in London, ON, and is the author of Redemptive Trauma: Confession of a Defrocked Priest. For most of his adult life, David has served as a street-involved Pastor in Toronto and London. His major focuses of ministry were related to social outreach, restorative justice, and learning to wrestle with life and faith in the rapidly evolving social media age.


Today, David serves as a mental health professional with the Canadian Mental Health Association. David is an incredibly proud father to Rory, who has a unique ability to lead him in ways he never imagined.


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4. 'THE CRYING MINDS SERIES - THE SECRET, THE HUNT & THE BATTLE' - BY AUTHOR A. L. BERGGREN