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Dead In The Water
By C.E Dimond
56 pages | January 7th, 2018 |  Write Addictions

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They told him, in the end, it was an accident, but the whispers tell him otherwise. If anyone believed in his innocence, they were hard to find. He killed her, they've convinced him of it. but he can't remember the moments that lead up to Raven's disappearance. She was there, then she was gone and he was left behind.

In this ten-part short story, you will follow Jim's journey from the instant he heard Raven's body hit the water, to the moment they first met and the journey that got them there. Urban Fantasy Author C.E Dimond's first hand at Mystery will have you on edge.

           I killed her, I know I did. The officials said it was an accident, but the look in their eyes said something else. Every look of suspicion, every whisper behind me, reminds me that it couldn't have been an accident. Not if I felt so guilty. Or maybe it had been an accident. Except, even I wasn't so sure of that and supposedly, I'd been there.

          I don't remember what happened. She was there and then she was gone; seconds had determined life and death. I don't know how we'd got there in the first place. I didn't remember taking the boat out that morning, or why I would have with the fog so dense. The first and only memory I had of that day, had been a resonating splash as her body hit the water. By the time I'd turned around, she was gone.
I'd jumped in after her, but there was nothing to find. They say it was impossible, that far out in the lake for her to just disappear beneath the water. But I had no other explanation. That was how it started, the rumors. I can't even go out on the water now. Not without thinking about her. Which is a problem when you live a lake town, even more of a problem when you live on an Island in the centre of that lake.

         I don't get out much these days. If the looks weren't enough; the fear of the water makes sure of it. I wait until the winter, when the lake freezes over and it's safe enough for us to drive across. Even then, I don't go unless I have to. Aunt Lo says it's no life for a young man, but my options are pretty limited. I can't even bring myself to operate a boat anymore. Luckily, we get mostly tourists on the Island and running the lodge is a year-round job.

        It was just Aunt Lo and I now. Even though I had never planned to stay here. My Dad always said I was a restless spirit, like my Mamma in that way. I used to think that was a compliment until I was old enough to understand what it meant to be like my Mamma. She'd just left. One night, she tucked me into bed and was gone the next day.

        Just like Raven, I'd been the last to see her alive. It was different Aunt Lo said, because Mamma hadn't died, she had just left me behind. She didn't seem to get how that was almost worse. When Dad had died, he had been taken from us, against his own will. Mamma had chosen to leave.

         Maybe Raven too had chosen to leave, by throwing herself into the water. Unless that is, I'd pushed her. I don't think I could have done it, but she did have a way of getting under my skin. She was the first woman I'd come to love, and the first one I'd also grown to hate. It was pretty sick, the way she could play with your head, or maybe it had just been my head. 

         I'd never raised a hand to her before. I didn't think myself capable of raising a hand to anyone, especially not someone I loved. God, I don't even know anymore, the more months pass the less certain I am of what happened that day. The harder I try to remember, the less I can. I guess, like any story, the best place to start is the beginning.

C.E Dimond is an Irish-Canadian author. She has always had a passion for literature and from a young age indulged her mind in the fantasy fiction world. As a child, her bedtime stories consisted greatly of Irish folklore and songs that inspired a true love of her heritage. She has a love of World Religions, psychology, languages and history and has put all of these inspirations to work in her writing. She is an alumna of St. Mary’s Academy and studied Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, she lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Love, Simon

Love, Simon
Director: Greg Berlanti
1h 50min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 March 2018 

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Based on the YA Novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon was a truly beautiful coming of age love story. While they could have taken an edgier take on the story, it stayed true to its Teen Rom Com roots. I laughed, I cried, I awwwed on cue. It was exactly what I hoped it would be.

I think everyone needs to see this movie if they haven't already.

What I loved was the way that it showcased this relationship, two strangers bonding and falling in love purely through their correspondence without knowing anything more about one another than their share secrets and conversations. It showed how much easier it can be to be yourself and express yourself to someone who doesn't know who you are. Also how bonding that experience can be.

For someone who spends a great deal of her time corresponding with fellow writers and readers, I could relate to this relationship and the *SPOILER ALERT* the devastation when you go to send that message to find that your friend had disappeared right when your world is beginning to fall apart.

I'm so excited to read the book to see if I enjoy it as much as I did the film.

To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom
By Alexandra Christo
342 pages | March 6th 2018 | Feiwel Friends


Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

I had been waiting a long time for a really good Siren story. To find something that portrayed the beautiful but equally strong and terrifying creatures that legends intended them to be. The story was filled to the brim with wit and adventure. Clever banter with an unapologetically badass heroine. It was one of those books I couldn't put down once I started. 

The imagery was amazing and it was so well written that the story seemed to leap off the page and my mind came to life. I wasn't just reading the story, I was experiencing it, fully immersed in the pages of the book. Everything within the story was so beautifully crafted and flowed in a way that read effortlessly. 

This is the second read this year that has simply blown my mind and I recommend you get your hands on it as soon as you can. For a debut novel, it has left me utterly speechless. 

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn't be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she's not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. 

Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they're the only plants she can keep alive).