This is the Route of Twisted Pain

Neither This, Nor That

Book 1
MLK Publishing
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Legends are born from moments like these. Folktales spun around a single point in time so perfect, you can almost hear the click resonating through the universe as things align.

George Bell, aka Twisted, knows the odds are against him. Have been all his life. Born in a Louisiana bordello, raised around the rough and rowdy men of a motorcycle club, he’s never been the lucky type. But he believes luck can change, so when fate gives him a glimpse of breathtaking beauty, he’s more than willing to roll the dice. Chancing upon what could be the woman of his dreams, he's prepared to push this streak as far as he can.

Penny Dane's background gives her an edge in the life she's chosen to lead. Raised in a can-do family, she's resilient, rolling with life's punches and landing on her feet. But, when the past holds painful secrets—when a single misstep can turn deadly—can she trust the passion this man stirs in her?

On the surface, Bell and Penny don't work. Their mismatched worlds are too different. But like a backwater bayou, what you see is not the whole story, there are mysteries buried underneath. Penny is the red-haired beauty caught up in a web of lies. Bell is like no one she's ever met before. The problem is, he knows it.

18+ due to explicit content.

*Please note this book is part of the Neither This, Nor That MC book series, featuring characters from additional books in the series. If the books are read out of order, you’ll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won’t have the same angsty reveals. I strongly recommend you read them in order. Available now: This is the Route of Twisted Pain (book #1), Treading the Traitor's Path: Out Bad (book #2), Shelter My Heart (book #3), and Trapped by Fate on Reckless Roads (book #4).
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About the author

Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says "I've always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading...if nothing else is available, I've been known to read the back of the cereal box."

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MLK Publishing
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Published on
Jul 5, 2016
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780996748650
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Erotica
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Fate is a fickle mistress. No matter a man's desires, she tends to give with one hand, and take with the other. Good or bad, it doesn't matter to her, as long as there’s balance.

Ralph Lewis, otherwise known as Po'Boy, made one decision that changed the trajectory of his entire life. On the losing end of a schoolyard fight, he'd been on his back in the dust, glaring up at the boy who'd flattened him. Had watched unbelieving as that same boy stretched out his hand, offering to help Ralph to his feet. Against every instinct, he had accepted.

In that instant, he went from friendless pariah to having a partner and ally. For the first time in his life, he was respected... and feared. Po'Boy spent the next decade defending his position at his best friend's side. Life was good. Fate has a way of taking back the reins, though.

A long-ago action places him directly in the crosshairs of their enemies, and circumstances force Po'Boy's hand. Members of motorcycle clubs, men like him who live an outlaw's life don’t treat kindly with traitors, and in their world, that is what Po'Boy has become.

With events threatening to pull him away from everything he holds dear, he's made to walk a careful line to keep those he loves safe. Bound by silence, for his brothers' sake, he'll suffer through the worst thing that can happen to a man who lives and breathes the brotherhood. Out Bad.

18+ due to explicit content.

*Please note this book is part of the Neither This, Nor That MC book series, featuring characters from additional books in the series. If the books are read out of order, you’ll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won’t have the same angsty reveals. I strongly recommend you read them in order. Available now: This is the Route of Twisted Pain (book #1), Treading the Traitor's Path: Out Bad (book #2), Shelter My Heart (book #3), and Trapped by Fate on Reckless Roads (book #4).
Fate is a fickle mistress. No matter a man's desires, she tends to give with one hand, and take with the other. Good or bad, it doesn't matter to her, as long as there’s balance.

Ralph Lewis, otherwise known as Po'Boy, made one decision that changed the trajectory of his entire life. On the losing end of a schoolyard fight, he'd been on his back in the dust, glaring up at the boy who'd flattened him. Had watched unbelieving as that same boy stretched out his hand, offering to help Ralph to his feet. Against every instinct, he had accepted.

In that instant, he went from friendless pariah to having a partner and ally. For the first time in his life, he was respected... and feared. Po'Boy spent the next decade defending his position at his best friend's side. Life was good. Fate has a way of taking back the reins, though.

A long-ago action places him directly in the crosshairs of their enemies, and circumstances force Po'Boy's hand. Members of motorcycle clubs, men like him who live an outlaw's life don’t treat kindly with traitors, and in their world, that is what Po'Boy has become.

With events threatening to pull him away from everything he holds dear, he's made to walk a careful line to keep those he loves safe. Bound by silence, for his brothers' sake, he'll suffer through the worst thing that can happen to a man who lives and breathes the brotherhood. Out Bad.

18+ due to explicit content.

*Please note this book is part of the Neither This, Nor That MC book series, featuring characters from additional books in the series. If the books are read out of order, you’ll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won’t have the same angsty reveals. I strongly recommend you read them in order. Available now: This is the Route of Twisted Pain (book #1), Treading the Traitor's Path: Out Bad (book #2), Shelter My Heart (book #3), and Trapped by Fate on Reckless Roads (book #4).
Full versions of volumes 1-3 of the Rebel Wayfarers MC book series, collected into a convenient single edition.

Mica, Vol 1
When Mica Scott moved into a quiet Chicago suburb, she wasn’t ready for what she found. Her new neighbor is bossy, kinda scary, and defines hotness. Sure, he’s a hunky alpha male, the kind most women secretly long for, but the man oozes danger. And Mica isn’t most women. After a chance encounter brings a new man to her door, Mica struggles to find a path between what she wants, and what she needs.

Slate, Vol 2
Andrew Jones sets off from Wyoming to find work, restlessly traveling from job to job, looking for something he cannot define. He meets Davis Mason, president of the Rebel Wayfarers MC in Chicago, and as Slate, he finds the brotherhood he’s longed for, the sense of connection and belonging. Then he finds his romantic match in a daughter of the club, working to gain her trust and affection. Ghosts from their previous lives threaten to ruin everything, and he struggles to save his woman and their love.

Bear, Vol 3
Rob Crew had purpose in his life. He was a devoted husband, doting father, and committed Navy man…then his life changed forever. Cast adrift, he finds friendships in the Rebel Wayfarers Motorcycle Club and fulfillment as he transitions into the role of loyal and supportive club member. He becomes Bear, a man who fills an important position in this brotherhood of bikers. A caregiver by nature, Eddie’s chosen career focuses on helping the most vulnerable – advocating for those with special needs. Surrounded by loving friends and well away from her controlling family, she is content with what she considers her full and satisfying life…until she meets Bear, an enforcer for the local MC. Can Eddie convince Bear that it is okay to move past his pain and love again? Will he give in to his desire for her in time?

18+ due to explicit content.

*Please note this book is part of the Rebel Wayfarers MC book series, featuring characters from additional stories. If the books are read out of order, you’ll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won’t have the same angsty reveals. It is strongly recommended they be read in order. Available now: Mica (book #1), Slate (book #2), Bear (book #3), Jase (book #4), Gunny (book #5), Mason (book #6), Hoss (book #7), Duck (book #8), Watcher (book #9), Bones (book #10), and Fury (book #11). Upcoming titles in the series include: Cassie (book #12).
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Gypsy had lost faith in his fellow man and was drifting through life when he found the Rebel Wayfarers MC. Having forever been a stranger to love, he was stunned when it beckoned to him from a darkened room in faraway Oz. The route to hold the woman of his dreams might be turbulent, but now that he’s found her, he’s determined to keep her…no matter the cost.

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Douglas Tatum was a decorated police officer and considered himself a community servant loyal to the shield … back before he lost the faith. Betrayed by a man he considered a brother, he cut all ties with his past existence, drifting until he found a home with the Rebel Wayfarers MC, and their president, Mason. With renewed purpose, Gypsy, as he’s now known, threw himself into building a new life, earning his way into a trusted position in the club.

Dispatched overseas to help fulfill a club debt, Gypsy didn't expect to find his destiny under an unfamiliar canopy of stars. It took just a single trembling glance for the dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty to own his heart.

Kelsey had spent months in captivity, serving men’s sadistic whims. Endless days of living moment to moment, in darkness and pain, she had given up hope of escape until Gypsy walked through the door. With one word from him, her heart settled in her chest, and she knew she was safe. From that moment he had taken control, dispatching her enemies and her nightmares, giving her a chance to be fearless for the first time she could remember.

Now fate has thrown them another curve, and they’ll have to partner with an unlikely crew to help save another girl. In the series timeline, this story sits alongside 'Fury' (book #11).

Story in the Rebel Wayfarers MC book series, timeline matches book #11, Fury. Gypsy's Lady #11.5.

*Please note this book is part of the Rebel Wayfarers MC book series, featuring characters from additional books in the series. If the books are read out of order, you’ll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won’t have the same angsty reveals. I strongly recommend you read them in order. Available now: Mica (book #1), Slate (book #2), Bear (book #3), Jase (book #4), Gunny (book #5), Mason (book #6), Hoss (book #7), Duck (book #8), Watcher (book #9), Bones (book #10), Fury (book #11), and Cassie (book #12).
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.
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