8 Must-Read New Books Of This Monsoon: DE MODE OF LITERATURE

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE (Vol IV, Issue XXII) | Article Published on: 6th Sept 2021 | www.demodemagazine.com


Among all seasons, the monsoon is undoubtedly the best season. Sitting by the window and sipping a cup of hot coffee as you watch the rain pouring outside. A lot has been written about this rainy season. It’s better to read books along with a cup of coffee, truly amazing!! Here we look at eight books by six brilliant authors that are recommended as a must-read for this monsoon season.


Crown of Crowns by Author Clara Loveman, Cold Consequences by Author David Rohlfing, The Lesbian Whisperer by Author Taylor S. Norman, Doom of Stars by Author Martyn Rhys Vaughan, Adventurer at Sea by Author Margreit Maitland, Reflection by Author Adam Ostaszewski.


1. 'CROWN OF CROWNS' - BY AUTHOR CLARA LOVEMAN

ABOUT THE BOOK

Crown of Crowns is the first instalment of a futuristic new YA saga by Clara Loveman, described as "sweeping, epic, and engrossing" with an "intriguing and twisting plot" that's perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Divergent Trilogy.


Booklife: Loveman's fast-paced young adult fantasy series, collected in an edition containing the first novel and its sequel, tells of a privileged teen whose eyes are opened to how the rest of the world lives: mostly in poverty. In a futuristic world where robots have taken most jobs and science has made most illnesses impossible, Kaelyn thinks everyone in the world is happy. She falls for Roki, who shows her that only a small handful of royal families are truly happy. After her mother is murdered and Roki disappears, Kaelyn must turn heartbreak into determination, first starting a foundation in her mother's name and then accepting that helping her people means marrying Prince Zawne and becoming king and queen. Then life gets complicated. (Readers eager to avoid spoiling the second book's premise should skip to the next paragraph.) After she's crowned, a deadly virus is released, and Kaelyn realizes that the only way to save her kingdom is to give up her own life and become a powerful spirit.


Balancing actions with consequences, Loveman makes this apocalyptic story complicated in the right way, reminding readers that people will be complex no matter how advanced the society. After making an epochal choice at the end of the first book, Kaelyn discovers that nothing will be as simple as she had hoped—her choices now ripple across her world and even her galaxy. Rather than clear good or bad guys, this series concerns shades of humanity, driven by love and desires. She creates an intriguing new world with varied continents, seasons, clans, social classes, and advancements in technology. As the story grows, it expands to an entire detailed and fascinating galaxy of different worlds, creatures, and the city at the center of it all, where spirits come together to influence–good or bad–the rest of us. The choices characters make in the final pages will stir reader debate, but the journey is certainly worth it.


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BOOK REVIEWS
  • "A coming-of-age novel with elements of romance, SF, and fantasy, set in a royal court… An original and creative YA tale with a likable lead." -Kirkus.

  • Clara Loveman's novel had me reading non-stop for a week. I would totally recommend this tale of teenage love, bravery, nobility, intrigues, robots, and worlds ever imagined to anyone ready to enjoy the wonderful creativity of the author. Looking forward to learning more about Loveman's literature!

  • This book was extraordinary! It took me to a place beyond my wildest dreams. I loved this book and it was very well written. I highly recommend it!

  • If you love romance, sci-fi, mystery, and dystopia-themed novel, then this book is recommended to you.

THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR CLARA LOVEMAN

Clara Loveman lives in Maidenhead, UK, a riverside town not far from Windsor. She has been featured in TBHonest.co.uk, Syfy.com, Female First, and on BBC Radio, and her debut Young Adult novel, Crown of Crowns, has recently been longlisted for The Diverse Books Award. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, she identifies as Kenyan and British with dual citizenship.

She's an avid reader, keen walker, and is at her happiest when she's writing her first draft. She writes at high speed, using a rough outline, but considers the acts of rewriting and revising long, seemingly endless processes. A good day of writing for Clara is five to seven hours, late into the night. For entertainment, she enjoys romance, drama, and fantasy work at home or the cinema. At university, she majored in pharmaceutical sciences and public health. She loves the arts equally and could have easily chosen to study the arts, possibly specializing in creative writing. However, Clara is proud of her science background and thinks it has enabled her to write more confidently in fantasy and science fiction. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and has an MPH from the University of Sheffield. She currently works in the pharmaceutical industry.


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


2. 'COLD CONSEQUENCES & DELIBERATE DUPLICITY: A DETECTIVE SASHA FRANK MYSTERY SERIES'- BY AUTHOR DAVID ROHLFING

ABOUT THE BOOK: COLD CONSEQUENCES

It was almost 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning when Ashley drove down the dark street on Bloomington’s west side in the BMW 3-series convertible her father had given her as a college graduation gift. She was on her way to meet D to buy an opioid known on the street as “beans.” She parked near the intersection where the dealer had instructed her to wait.


A few hours earlier, she’d texted D that her need was desperate. He let her know he couldn’t meet her then at the Uptown Normal bar, their usual meeting spot, but he could the following night. Ashley texted back that she needed her pills now, so he agreed to meet her at a street corner near his home. She’d never been to this part of the city, and she hoped D wouldn’t be

late. As she waited, she turned down her radio, lit a cigarette, turned up the heater, and cracked the driver’s side window. Besides being addicted to pain killers, she’d also developed a pack-a-day habit and drank too much vodka every night. Not a good combination, and it was beginning to take a toll on her mind and body.


Because of her increased drug use the past few months, she’d been arriving late to work several times a week and sometimes missing it entirely, but she wasn’t too concerned because her father owned the company. Charlie Cummins Luxury Home Builders had a reputation throughout Illinois for the exceptional quality of their work building residences exclusively for the well-to-do. Ashley was supposed to be learning the business so she could take over as president of the company when her father retired.


She’d been waiting about five minutes when, out of the corner of her eye, she saw D angling across the street toward her car. He was wearing a heavy overcoat with a hood and leather gloves. As he walked toward her, Ashley hit the down button on the driver’s side window and tossed out her cigarette.


“Come on, D,” she said.


D nodded, walked past the front of the convertible, and opened the passenger door.


Across the street, two men standing in the shadows watched as the drug dealer got into the late-model BMW. Big G whispered to Sticks, “Who’s that?”


“Danny.” Sticks didn’t like Danny because the dealer was always flaunting his success, making sure everyone else in the neighborhood knew how much money he had.


D slid into the front seat and closed the door. “Hey, little girl. Sorry I couldn’t get to the club tonight. Kayla is sick.”


“Sorry to hear that, D. I hope she feels better soon.”


“Thanks. She’ll be fine. I just needed to stay home tonight to help Hallie take care of her.” D knew Ashley didn’t care how his two-year-old daughter was feeling. He reached into his right front coat pocket and pulled out a plastic vial containing ten beans.


Ashley opened her purse and took out seven hundred dollars in cash. D handed her the vial and took the seven bills from her. He’d never used drugs, and he couldn’t understand her addiction to the little, round, green, 80 mg pill that cost her several hundred per day, but she never offered to trade him sex for drugs like some of his customers did. Ashley had money, and that was the type of customer he preferred.


She popped the top off the vial and took one of the pills, quickly washing it down with water from the light blue aluminum bottle she always carried. “Thanks, D. We done?”


He smiled to himself. “Yes, we are, Ashley. Have a nice night.” As he started to get out of the car, a man shoved a pistol into his chest and started pushing him to the ground. D dropped to his knees immediately. Sticks then pointed his SIG Sauer 9mm in Danny’s face. “Don’t say nothin’.” He tapped the barrel on the bridge of Danny’s nose. “Understand?” Danny nodded.


Sticks found nothing in Danny’s pants pockets other than some keys and a billfold, but then he found the cash from the deal in his right front coat pocket. Another man crammed himself into the front seat and closed the door.


Inside the car, Big G smiled at Ashley as he waved his Glock back and forth over the center console. The big man pointed his gun at her chest. “What you got for me, girl?”


Ashley had never been held at gunpoint, and she was unsure what she should do next. “What do you want?”


Big G laughed. “Now, what do ya think?” He grabbed her purse as Ashley pushed back up against the driver’s side door.


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BOOK REVIEWS
  • "Cold Consequences" keeps you thinking! The author seems to have hit his stride with his second book. He starts by telling you exactly what happened and who was involved and then the story takes off from there! Very entertaining and well-written! Looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend it!

  • An interesting twist on a murder mystery where you know from the beginning who committed the murder.

  • Rohlfing did a great job in keeping the action moving and the results hidden until the very end. I enjoyed the book.

THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR DAVID ROHLFING

David Rohlfing is the author of the Detective Sasha Frank Mystery Series. The murder mystery series follows a relentless police detective as he solves murders in the small Midwestern city of Bloomington, Illinois.

The first book in the series is "Deliberate Duplicity," released early this year, followed by the recent release of the second book "Cold Consequences." The second book is a prequel allowing readers to read them out of order if they so choose. He is currently writing the third book about a man attempting to find a young woman to replace his fiancé, who died in a car accident. Unfortunately for the women he meets, they don't measure up to what he's looking for to find the perfect replacement in his delusional mind, and he punishes them for that by killing them. Sasha thinks there is only one victim but finds additional victims while attempting to solve the initial crime.


After a long business career that allowed David to travel to countless countries and six of the world's seven continents, he decided to write the Detective Sasha Frank Murder Mystery Series. He has lived in several countries and currently lives in Central Illinois with his wife. When he is not writing, he spends as much time as possible with his wife and family and works on his golf game. He plans to continue to write additional books featuring Sasha Frank.


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


3. 'THE LESBIAN WHISPERER' - BY AUTHOR TAYLOR S. NORMAN