Day: April 12, 2017

Brother’s Ruin features Victorian London filled with steampunk magic

Emma Newman’s newest release, Brother’s Ruin, is set in a Victorian London filled with magic. Charlotte “Charlie” Gunn has been keeping secrets — from her parents, from her fiancé, from her brother and, most important, from the British Crown. In Newman’s England, if one possesses magical powers, it must be reported to the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts. Mages are not allowed to marry or have an outside career — they must serve the monarchy instead. All Charlie wants is to keep her secret career as an illustrator and have a normal life with her fiancé, George. But all of that is put in jeopardy and Charlie has to risk everything to save it. Brother’s Ruin (, $14.99, 160 pages, ISBN 9780765393968) is an extremely enjoyable novella. Charlie is an interesting character with a lot of secrets, but for the most part, the reader sympathizes with why she has to keep those secrets. Relationship dynamics are on full display in this novella and it’s definitely packed to the gills, despite being such a short work. Charlie’s relationships with her parents, her brother, her fiancé and the mages were really interesting. She is a strong character who is willing to do whatever she has to in order to protect those she loves … and her secrets. Newman does an excellent job of building tension throughout the story. There is very...

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Local police, fire-EMS personnel treated to lunch April 6 by CVB, Walmart

Arkansas City police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and support staff were honored April 6 at an appreciation luncheon sponsored by the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event was underwritten by Walmart, L.G. Pike Construction and First Baptist Church. Lunch was prepared and served by members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and management from Walmart. “Without the support and continual commitment to our community from (these) departments, our community would not be the safe place it is,” said Pam Crain, convention and tourism specialist. “These professionals represent our community daily, and keep us safe and protected. ‘Thank you’ will never be enough.” “We at First Baptist are absolutely thrilled to support our local police department and fire and rescue personnel during the luncheon hosted in our facilities,” Pastor David Stanley said during a prayer of blessing as the event began. “These men and women place their lives on the line each and every day that they put on the uniform, and we are ever so grateful that they keep our community safe. Ark City’s finest, we pray for you and your families for protection and wisdom as you do your jobs, running to danger when others flee. God bless you all and from the bottom of our hearts here at FBC, thank you, thank you.” Walmart Manager Mark Chickadonz said it is...

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