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What do you do when you’re the only survivor?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

 


The Nameless Soldier is book 4 in the Annals of Alasia young adult fantasy series. Haven’t read all (or any) of the others? That’s okay! The books can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own.


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What do you do when you’re the only survivor?

Nineteen-year-old Tarvic bears the name of a mighty hero from Alasia’s past. However, the young soldier feels anything but heroic when he regains consciousness to find himself the lone survivor of a brutal attack by invaders from the neighboring kingdom. 

Forced to leave his identity behind, Tarvic is thrust into civilian life in the role of protector to three war orphans. When the four of them encounter a mysterious stranger, he must choose between keeping the young girls safe and taking on a mission that could help free his kingdom. Can Tarvic live up to his noble name and find a way to balance his duty and his dreams?


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Not sure if you’ll like the story or not? Take a look at the first chapter and see!

 

 

The Nameless Soldier
Chapter One

 

      

Tarvic woke to the sound of a distant yell, abruptly silenced. He pushed his blankets aside and sat up, puzzled, but heard only the light patter of rain on the canvas. “What was that?”
Drevel, his roommate in the barracks and tentmate out on campaigns like this, stirred and rolled over. “What?”
“I heard something. Someone shouting.”
“It’s probably just another drill.” But Drevel sat up too, shoving his own blankets away, as Tarvic crawled over and untied the tent flap.
A blast of wintry air and raindrops greeted him as he leaned out, peering across the tent-studded hillside. Clouds hid the moon and stars, and on every side the thick dark of the forest leaned in from the edges of the large clearing. But the telltale flickering light of distant torches sent shadows leaping over tents and across the open spaces between them. Why would someone be using torches out here? Any soldier in camp had easy access to lanterns among the supplies.
Something was wrong. Very wrong. Tarvic pulled back into the tent and yanked on his breeches and jacket.
They both heard the next yell, closer this time, and then the unmistakable clash of swords. Both men snatched up their own swords, jamming their feet into their boots and fumbling for shields. From all around them, shouts of alarm erupted as men in their company woke up.
And then the enemy was upon them. Horses exploded through the camp, trampling tents and the soldiers just crawling out of them. Riders leaned low off their mounts’ backs, swinging swords and waving torches.
Halfway out of his tent, Tarvic threw himself flat on his face to avoid a slash that would probably have decapitated him. He scrambled to his feet, only to be knocked off them again by a blow that he barely caught on his shield.
Light, shadows, horses, blades, rain. Chaos raged through the clearing to the sound of crashing metal, pounding hooves, shouts of challenge and desperation. Tarvic regained his feet and fought as best he could from the ground while enemy riders thundered around him. Dodging and ducking, he aimed for the men’s legs and tried to keep out from under their horses’ hooves. With no idea who he was fighting or why, his only goal to stay alive for the next heartbeat, he dodged and darted through the tumult looking for spots where horses and enemy swords weren’t. All around him, men fought and ran and crumpled to lie as limply as the trampled tents.
Slipping and stumbling in the mud, Tarvic felt a surge of satisfaction as his sword met flesh and an enemy yelled in pain. And then the man wheeled his horse and charged back toward him, and Tarvic turned to flee.
He tripped on something soft that groaned. Pain shot through Tarvic’s wrist as he caught his fall, and only a quick roll saved him from being trampled as the man’s horse cantered over him.
Its rider wheeled again, and Tarvic rose to his knees, barely raising his shield in time to protect his face. The force of the blow threw him backward, jarring his already sore wrist.
Another horse leaped over him, and Tarvic cried out in pain as a hoof struck him on the shoulder. He stumbled to his feet, ducking low to present as small a target as possible, and ran through the melee.
He saw fewer people on foot now, more obstacles in the mud. Was it cowardly to flee from a battle you couldn’t win? Nothing in Tarvic’s eight months in the military had prepared him for this. Not counting occasional minor border skirmishes, the kingdom of Alasia hadn’t seen an actual war in six generations. Besides routine patrols, city peacekeeping, and the frequent drills and training, the military’s primary duties involved escorting merchant wagons through robber-frequented stretches of rural highway and keeping an eye on the sections of coastline where seafaring raiders were known to attack. Tarvic had never fought in a battle that involved more than a handful of opponents at a time, and none of those opponents had been anywhere near this organized — or this deadly.
If we escape, we can regroup somewhere safer and — A hard blow to the back knocked him to the ground again as another horse pounded over him. Giving up all pretense of courage, Tarvic scrambled to his feet once more and fled for the edge of the clearing and the relative safety of the trees beyond. I can’t do anything here. They’re going to slaughter us all!
He was practically there when another rider appeared in front of him, leaning low with sword outstretched. Tarvic almost impaled himself on the blade, raising his shield just in time. He fought back frantically as the man slashed, swinging his weapon again and again. I need my horse! Military training had included nothing about how to fight a mounted enemy from the ground. But Lightning was tethered in the row of makeshift stalls on the far side of the camp, probably prancing restlessly under his blanket and wondering why his rider didn’t come to spur him into battle.
Tarvic didn’t even see the blow that almost killed him. His ears barely registered the thudding of more galloping hooves from behind, nearly drowned out by the rain and the sounds of battle. But the world exploded in light and pain as something struck the back of his head harder than anything had ever hit him before.
He lurched forward, feeling his sword drop from limp fingers. Managing two steps before his legs buckled, he was just conscious enough to recognize the urgent need to crawl. Don’t stop. Don’t stop. Don’t stop. Or they’ll kill you out here. That was the only thought left in his mind as he pulled himself toward the concealing shadows behind the line of tree trunks. And then even that faded, giving way to darkness.
 
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About the Author:
 

 

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published seventeen books (four YA action and adventure novels, five fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death

Friday, May 18th, 2018
In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.
 

 

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.
 
 
In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.
 
Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

 

 

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.
 

 

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page. 

 

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Top Ten List about Rachel Rossano

 

1 – I have three children that equally challenge, frustrate, and delight me every day.

2 – Almost twenty years ago, I married my best friend, and I have never regretted the decision for a moment.

3 – My parents are exactly a foot apart in height, and my husband and I are exactly a foot apart in height.

4 – I have no lenses in my eyes. I developed cataracts when I was very young and had the lenses in my eyes removed so I could see.

5 – Since childhood, I have not liked the texture of meat. Because of this, I have been a vegetarian since I was allowed to prepare my own food.

6 – I started publishing my books because I feared I would never have children. Now, I am homeschooling three children and fitting my writing and publishing around their educational needs. I’ve wondered more than once if the Lord did that so that I would continue to write. Otherwise, I might’ve waited until they were all raised and grown.

7 – I have naturally curly hair that refuses to stay straight or in place.

8 – My kids are some of my biggest fans despite the fact they have read none of my books.

9 – I post silly stories on FB about the things my kids say and do, not because I want everyone to be impressed with them, but so I will remember them later.

10 – My first crush was on Spock from Star Trek. So, when my husband comments that I am part Vulcan (meaning highly analytical and logical), I consider it quite the complement.

 

 

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What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England?

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

 

There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? 
 
What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?
 

 

“Queen Mary’s Daughter” presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

 

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  3. my garden,
  4. chocolate,
  5. books,
  6. piano,
  7. music,
  8. painting,
  9. nature,

10.life

 

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Welcome everyone, we are so excited to introduce you to all our new updates!!!  We have been working hard to redesign, remodel and rejuvenate Loving The Book and we want to share this exciting new look with you!
 
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Dark Mirror Image a Cozy Royal Romance

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Dark Mirror Image, Book four of my standalone Royal Romance Series, is fresh out of the press. Enjoy the darkish and beautiful story of two faraway kingdom with the most unusual problem.

King Keban didn’t realize that gazing upon Princess Arianne was punishable by death. Saldil was the kingdom that piqued his curiosity, and the sole reason he had accepted this visit. Her brother, the king, gave him another option—Now he will return home to Perjha with the princess as his wife. He wonders at the turn of events, but only for a small moment. After staying there for a night, filled with hair-curling cries and dreadful noises coming from her brother’s chamber, he could never leave her in that place…not even for his kingdom.

Arianne liked King Keban the moment their eyes met. She is no longer so sure when her brother announces that Keban demanded to marry her, or he would attack Saldil. Who is this man with two faces? And why won’t he tell anyone that they are married? She will have to keep both eyes on this king and this most unusual arrangement.

Anna del C. Dye Bio:

Anna was born in the extreme South along some famous beaches. She moved to the USA to marry her husband Rodney and has resided in Utah since then. Her husband, a native of Idaho, met her in her hometown. They fell in love and she came to Utah on Christmas Eve to be married two weeks later. They are the parents of three princes and a princess.

Early on in her life she showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, a pioneer play and the elves clothe for Utah’s own Fantasy Con, which she enjoyed immensely. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Anna lives in Taylorsville Utah.

Some of Anna’s writing recognitions:

She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry and had her article entitled A New American Mother published by Desert Saints Magazine. A short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won a prize before it was published by Kalkion Magazine. (Now it is published as an e-book under the title Emerine’s Nightmare.) Other articles about family and relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB of Salt Lake Valley-West. Her short story The Flu Case also won a price.

Anna, has published 7 fantasy books on her Elf series and received two awards there. Her love story was published by Deseret Book in the anthology entitled Angels Round About by July C. Olsen. Another of her articles was included in the book Mother’s Message in a Bottle, edited by Tyler Hayden and published by Ninbus Publishing.

Anna’s new A Royal Romance series came alive in Feb 2015. It started with “Once Upon Two Kingdoms.” Her latest book in that series is Dark Mirror Image, published Feb 2018. She has received two awards for this series.

Book Giveaway February 3 – 16 Get one of five, free e-copies of Dark Mirror Image by leaving a comment with your email address here. http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/2018/02/interview-with-fantasy-romance-author_3.html

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If you love cozy contemporary tales, paranormal surprises, or magic filled fantasy, you won’t be disappointed

Monday, February 5th, 2018
A
Holiday Tradition:
A
Collection of Winter Tales
Presented
by Lavish Publishing
Authors:
Samantha
Jacoby , Rebekah Dodson , Desiree L. Scott , Kevin J Kessler, 
L.A.
Reminicky,  
A. Nicky Hjort, Aubree Lane, Janae Keyes
 
Our
wonderful group of authors and guests has done it again! 

 

 


We
have 8 novellas in our Winter 2017 Anthology, five of which are
EXCLUSIVE to the set. This unique collection will only be available
for 90 days – so be sure to get your copy while you can!


 

If
you love cozy contemporary tales, paranormal surprises, or magic
filled fantasy, you won’t be disappointed. The set tops out at over
200,000 words, but each is bite sized – just right for a car, train
or plane ride this holiday season.

 

 

Make
A Holiday Tradition: A Collection of Winter Tales your travel
companion this year!

 

 

The
set includes:

 

 

 

Samantha
Jacobey brings us
Christmas
Eve

(Sweet Christmas, book 2). Read in order OR as a standalone – Life
isn’t always sweet, even for girls named Candy.


 


Rebekah
Dodson thrills us with a SET EXCLUSIVE in
Room
331
,
a college romance! In the bitter cold of winter term, romance abounds
that threatens to destroy best friends.

 

 

Desiree
L. Scott has a NEW suspense romance In the Vail Lodge Trilogy –
Trapped
on Vail Mountain
!
Read in series OR as a standalone – can Nina and Rob survive the
mountain when both nature and man are against them? 

 

 

From
fantasy author Kevin J. Kessler, enjoy
The
Winters of Alnora
!
EXCLUSIVE to the set, this magical adventure will not be sold
individually until next year! A New Dark Angel shall be born, and the
world shall tremble at her feet.

 

 

L.A.
Remenicky adds a Fairfield Corners Novella with
Last
Chance Christmas
!
Read in series OR as a standalone – all Brent wants for Christmas is
his Jojo back, will he get his wish?

 

 

A.
Nicky Hjort brings to life a NEW Norn Novella that is EXCLUSIVE to
the set as well!
Where
Ebon Sounds Like Ivory

(Norn Novellas Book Two) can be read in series or as a standalone.
During Winter Solstice, a Fate Sister discovers her mother’s grave
empty and, employing an enchanted harp, upsets the balance between
life and death! 

 

 

From
the talented Aubree Lane, we have a heartwarming tale that will be
EXCLUSIVE to the set this holiday! Sparks are bound to fly when
mistletoe decks the halls of
The
Kissing Ball
.

 

 

And
last, but not least, from Janae Keyes – You get one wish, what do you
wish for?
One
Wish: A Christmas wish

will be EXCLUSIVE to the set this year!

 

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.99 cents!!**
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Samantha
Jacobey – 
Anyone
who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never
met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I
work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often
in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be
dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the
middle of the night.

 

 


I
grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything
is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love
my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my
significant other, and many friends as well.


 

I
have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently
available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of
course, there will be many more stories to come.

 

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Rebekah
Dodson

is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction
novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The
Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels,
and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole
life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H
Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with
the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background
including education, history, psychology and English, she currently
works as a college professor by day and a writer by night. 
 

 

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Desiree
Scott
I
have been writing since I was sixteen years old and love to write
both horror and romantic suspense. I think there have been many
influences within my life that has set me on the path that I can not
help but walk. A few of those names consist of Karen Rose, Lisa
Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura
Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list
by no means defines by own writing but they have indeed influenced my
desire to live outside of my own world and to create the thrill of my
dreams. I live on 40 + acres in the SHOW ME state with my six year
old daughter, with the wonderful addition of four dogs and a handful
of chickens. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty
of the country helps my creativity as I sit on my top deck with my
laptop and coffee close by.
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Kevin
J. Kessler
lives in Orlando Florida, where he owns the White
Dragon Podcast Network, which puts out weekly podcasts on a variety
of topics from Walt Disney World, to movies, television, comic books,
video games and more.

 

A
lifelong geek, Kessler can often be found at the many theme parks and
local attractions in Orlando.
He
developed the story for Rosinanti as a sophomore in high school,
sixteen years before the book’s release.
Since
an early age, Kessler has been an avid reader, often found lost
within the magical worlds found within the pages of fantasy novels.
“It
was always my dream to create such a world of my very own,” he
said. “Even as a kid when my friends would want to play Power
Rangers or X-Men, I would always create a new Ranger or Mutant rather
than portray an established character. There is power in creativity!
Creativity breeds creation!”
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L.A.
Remenicky
~ Love Stories With A Twist

 

L.A.
Remenicky is a wife and mother of two fur kids. A payroll
professional by day, she writes out the stories in her head by night.
An
avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to
keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When
she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the
background, she can usually be found spending time with her family
and friends.

 

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A.
Nicky Hjort

is originally from Arlington, Texas- the second of five siblings, all
of whom have strong creative talents. She currently lives in coastal
central California where she practices medicine as an Ob/GYN. In
between being a lovingly devoted mother and delivering babies, she
writes stories that cross multiple genre lines- from Sci Fi to high
fantasy, but all of her stories have thriller and strong romantic
components. And for her clever reader, all of her manuscripts are
subtly connected to each other, with their purpose to explore all
facets of Love and Light. She likes to say that her stories write
themselves, and in the process, often write her, or at least the next
version of her hoping to emerge. A lover of all the arts, A. Nicky
Hjort hopes her stories might inspire you to find your inner creative
genius.

 

 


As
for her heroes- they are as varied and eclectic as her choice of
narrative genres, but when pushed to list her favorite influences,
she would say James Patterson, Barbara Kingsolver, Patricia Cornwell,
Dean Koonntz, Gene Roddenberry, Shel Silverstein, Suzanne Collins,
and Walt Disney.


 

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Aubree
Lane

is a true story teller. This award winning author has been writing in
one form or another for most of her life and has loved every
moment.

 

 


Aubree
lives in the beautiful foothills of Northern California with her
husband, two wonderful sons, and a super special peek-a-poo named
Tanner. When not managing the pooper-scooper, Aubree can be found at
one of her favorite vacation spots ranging anywhere from Lake Tahoe
to Maui.


 

Her
motto: Write Until Your Butt Hurts, And Your Eyes Are
Crossed.

 

 

Aubree
and her husband enjoy the harvest of their seasonal garden and
relaxing in the paradise they created, called home.

 

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Born
and raised in the California Bay Area, Janae Keyes is an
American mom, wife, and hopeless romantic living in Europe. She loves
to explore various cultures coming together through the magic of
love. Residing in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and
daughter, Janae loves to share her passion for romance with others.
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Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
THROUGH A DARK GLASS
by
Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

Pub
Date: 1/9/2018

 

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of
Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish
Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may
choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord’s three sons she
weds:
Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and
loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic,
sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding,
and proud?
As shy, horrified Megan flees the
welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror
that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were
living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever
after” in her choices.
Deaths and honors, joys and agonies,
intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where
these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their
jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But
the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther
than any of them have guessed . . .
Barb Hendee is the New York
Times
bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is
the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a
master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of
Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She
and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland,
Portland.
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Welcome to Tandara, where gods are fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . .

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
A MEDDLE OF WIZARDS
by
Alexandra Rushe
Genre: Fantasy

 

Pub
Date: 1/9/2018

 

Welcome to Tandara, where gods are
fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . .
Raine Stewart is convinced she’ll die
young and alone in Alabama, the victim of a chronic, mysterious
illness. Until a man in a shabby cloak steps out of her mirror and
demands her help to defeat a bloodthirsty wizard.
Raine shrugs it off as a
hallucination—just one more insult from her failing body—and
orders her intruder to take a hike. But the handsome figment of her
imagination won’t take no for an answer, and kidnaps her anyway,
launching her into a world of utmost danger—and urgent purpose.
Ruled by unpredictable gods and
unstable nations, Tandara is a land of shapeshifters and
weather-workers, queens and legends. Ravenous monsters and greedy
bounty hunters patrol unforgiving mountains. Riverboats pulled by
sea-cattle trade down broad waterways. And creatures of nightmare
stalk Raine herself, vicious in the pursuit of her blood.
But Raine isn’t helpless or alone.
She’s part of a band as resourceful as it is odd: a mage-shy
warrior, a tattered wizard, a tenderhearted giant, and a prickly
troll sorceress. Her new friends swear she has powers of her own. If
she can stay under their protection, she might just live long enough
to find out . . .
Alexandra Rushe was born in
South Alabama, and grew up climbing trees, searching for sprites and
fairies in the nearby woods, and dreaming of other worlds. The
daughter of an English teacher and a small-town judge, Rushe
developed a love of reading early on, and haunted the school and
local libraries, devouring fairy tales, myths, and tales of
adventure. In the seventh grade, she stumbled across a worn copy of
The Hobbit, and was forever changed. She loves fantasy and
paranormal, but only between the pages of a book—the flying monkeys
in The Wizard of Oz give her the creeps, and she eschews
horror movies. A psychic friend once proclaimed the linen closet in
Rushe’s bedroom a portal to another dimension, and she hasn’t
slept well since. Rushe is a world-class chicken.
 
 
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A sinister plot has just been uncovered…

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Historical Romance Series: Stories of Rebels, Adventure, and Mystery

The Rebel Series is a mixture of romance and adventure. Each book, set in the late 1700s, is a love story with mystery and suspense as a young couple and their rebel friends strive to help their country. The romance in this series can be enjoyed by young and old alike. For those who enjoy strong women characters, all three books have this in common. They are independent women who have an opinion and are not afraid to express it. The heroes in this series are rebels with a sense of justice. They are chivalrous and their feelings run deep for the young women they’re in love with.

In The Rebels of Cordovia, centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

My Review:

What a fun and interesting tale The Rebels of Cordovia is. A very good story to keep you glued all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the romance mingled with the fights. It is a well-paced tale to give you entertainment for a warm day on summer at the beach, or next to a warm fire in the rain. Linda writes a good, clean, and sweet romance, for young adults and adults alike. You will enjoy the story to the end.
Robin is a young woman whose father taught her all he knows about archery and sword fighting. Her strength is great in the art of the bow and arrow. As the head of twenty-five men and women, Robin is respected and has earned a good reputation for her group of rebels. She is strong and stubborn, yet a gentle and loving woman.
When she is challenged by Daniel, the rogue leader of the freemen, she accepts. You see, Daniel doesn’t know Robin is a woman—let alone that she is the same woman he fell in-love with. She expected many trials in her efforts to recover the throne from a usurper but, what she least expected was to find love.

 

In book two, The Highwayman of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty but all is not well. One year after Cordovia gains its freedom, a group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

My Review:

In The Highwayman of Cordovia you will find secrets, forbidden romance, and a highwayman that merits a medal. This book two of the Rebel Series is an adventure that takes freedom to heart and the characters will defend it with their lives. It is another great historical novel from the pen of Linda Weaver Clarke.

In Cordovia, a man and his Kingmen want to topple the president of the country. They take away the people’s land and also their ways of life. He tries to make them believe that they will be better off if he is in power. Many believes him. Others don’t, like Christine, the pastor’s daughter, who writes an article in the newspaper about her opposing view.

Another who knows better is Austin, who, like Robin Hood, steals from the Kingmen and gives it to the poor. All seems well until he gets reacquainted with Christine and a romance grows between them.

This is a clean read full of patriotic fervor and blood. It is a great read for anyone who likes history and a clean romance. The characters are charming and well developed. I recommend it to anyone, young or old.

 

 

The third book, The Fox of Cordovia, has adventure and mystery along with a “second-chance” love story. A sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

My Review:

To begin, I would like to say that I love the covers of the Rebel series, they look perfect for the era just like the story contained within its pages. This historical fiction seems to be taken from the pages of a history book. It is well written with good facts and is quite charming. This story will keep you up all night.

Caroline, the daughter of the doctor who helped the rebels through the other two books in this series is engaged to be married. All falls apart when she hears her husband to be plan a kidnapping of someone important to further his political campaign. The plotters see her and she runs for her life, falling into the hands of the Fox of Cordovia, though she doesn’t know it. They embark on a quest to find the truth and on the way they find love.

The Fox of Cordovia is the finale of the clean Rebel Series and is a great one at that. Mystery, treason and love is what you will find between its covers.

Anna del C. Dye

author of clean tales of Elfs & YA medieval Romance

 

Book Trailer: The Rebels of Cordovia

Book Trailer: The Highwayman of Cordovia

About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of historical romances, a mystery/adventure series, a romantic cozy mystery series, and a children’s book. All her books are family friendly. Read sample chapters and buy her book at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

To purchase a soft cover, an ebook, or an audiobook, click on the links below.

Amazon links:
The Rebels of Cordovia: https://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Cordovia-Linda-Weaver-Clarke/dp/1484147650

The Highwayman of Cordovia: https://www.amazon.com/Highwayman-Cordovia-Rebels-Book-ebook/dp/B01N0214KX

The Fox of Cordovia: https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Cordovia-Rebel-Book-ebook/dp/B071X82FV8

Can you truly be yourself when it could mean losing everything?  

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Karlie Lucas is a preschool
teacher by day and a writer/artist by night. 
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie
received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of
Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the
American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and
mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien
and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found
drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time
with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her
husband and a cat named Kally
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Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but
couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man. 
Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause
the destruction of everything he holds dear. 
 

Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy. 

Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole Organization. Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to
truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?

 

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The bullet struck just left of her chest, near the
shoulder blade. She lost balance, twisting from the force. With eyes wide open
in shock, she stared at the man who had taken everything away, her freedom, her
family, and now, her life. Her feet continued to twist as her head whipped
around, sending her over the roof’s edge as thunder rumbled through the air. A
scream of agony was forced through frozen lips, and then was silenced as the
rain came pouring down. 
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What if…  your best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
The
Five Warriors
The
Four Worlds Series Book 1
by
Angela J. Ford
Genre:
Epic Dark Fantasy
 
“The
characters were well-written and well-developed, the story was clear
and enjoyable without being predictable, and there were a couple of
evenings I stayed up later than I intended just so I could get to the
end of a chapter. If you’re a fantasy fan, you’re going to LOVE
this!” —Amazon review

 

What if…
your
best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war?

 

your
lover awakened a deep evil and helped it grow?

 

your
people were too cowardly to face a battle?

 

you
stole an ancient power source?

 

you
gambled with the fate of the world?

 

Join
five powerful warriors each with a unique ability and magical
weapons. Their quest is to discover where the transformed creatures
are coming from and put a stop to it.

 

Along
the way they run into treacherous immortals, sea monsters, powerful
beasts of the air and talking animals.

 

 

Each
has their own reasoning for joining the quest, but one carries a
deadly secret which just might be the destruction of them
all.

 

 

“Angela’s
imagination has brought these characters to life and the worlds they
live in.”

 

Amazon
review

 

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The
Blended Ones
The
Four Worlds Series Book 2
 
Over
100 years after The Five Warriors saved the Western World, the
Blended Ones have become a curse in the Eastern World. Beware the
Blended Ones…

 


Phyllis
and her 17 year old twin sister, Ilieus are Blended Ones. But Ilieus
suffers from visions of darkness she is unable to discern. Forsaken
by their parents the two cross the country in search of the Order of
the Wise for help.

 

 

Cuthan
the Charmer is mischievous enough to change anyone’s mind with a
smile and a wink. Born into a family of treasure hunters, he s
searching for the key to unlocking his dormant powers.

 

 

Pharengon
the Horse Lord was born to be King. Young and inexperienced he seeks
a weapon to turn the tide of the war in his favor. But when his very
own army betrays him, he will have to turn to the Lost Ones for
assistance.

 

 

Caught
in the fate of the Eastern World the youths destinies become twisted
together in a frightful quest that will change the course of time. In
the midst of their whirlwind adventure, they discover love, loss, and
uncover the truth about who and what is behind the chaotic, spiraling
events in the Eastern World.

 

 

This
can be read as a stand alone novel

 

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Eliesmore
and the Green Stone
The
Four Worlds Series Book 3
 
Changers
have arisen, wreaking havoc as they harvest the world, searching for
the Green Stone. The South World sinks in despair, holding its
breath, waiting for the One.

 

 


Eliesmore
is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the
creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical
rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and
sneaking out to dance with the wild things.

 

His
courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is
meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept
his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to
dissolve the Green Stone.

 

 

But
Eliesmore will soon learn he cannot escape his destiny. Beset by
creatures of the deep and hunted by servants of the Changers,
Eliesmore finds his task will test the loyalty of his companions and
help him answer the ultimate question:

 

 

Can
he trust the immortals – or are they the reason the Changers have
come to power?

 

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Myran
A
Tale of the Four Worlds
 
Darkness
has fallen in the South World, a land ruled by forces of evil and
dark powers. Those who would resist live in hiding, hoping for the
prophecy concerning the One to come true.

 

Born
into a shadowed world Myran experiences her first loss when her
parents are murdered before her eyes.


Adopted
by the Green People she makes it her goal to hide from the woes of
the world. As she grows older, she discovers her actions will birth
the most significant change in all of the Four Worlds.

 

 

Recommended:
Read this after reading “Eliesmore and the Green Stone”

 

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Brought
up as a bookworm and musician, Angela J. Ford began writing The Four
Worlds Series—a fantasy series—at the age of twelve. The
storyline of those books was largely based off of the imaginative
games she played with her sisters.

 

 


Angela
originally finished the series when she was sixteen. After college,
Angela began to rewrite The Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a
child’s daydream to an adventure young and old can enjoy. Since it
is inspired by fairy tales, high magic, and epic fantasy, Angela
knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds.

 

 

If
you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a
local coffee shop, enjoying a white chocolate mocha and furiously
working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!

 

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Cover Reveal: The Gateway; Master of Malice Book 3

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com
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The scarecrow’s evil knows no bounds …
Having failed to save her friends from the scarecrow’s malevolence, Sullyan plunges into despair. Reen holds all the aces and nothing now, it seems, can prevent him from wreaking utter destruction. Nevertheless, she must try one last time, cast her life away if necessary, to avenge her loved ones. She marshals her forces and marches on Bordenn.
Yet Reen has usurped the power of a Master Artesan, and knows everything Robin once knew. Luring Sullyan to Bordenn is his only desire. The scarecrow squats in his lair, avid for Sullyan’s power, holding one final bargaining chip to force her into surrender. Her only glimmer of hope lies in a vague reference contained in the ancient diary of a long-dead Supreme Master—that, and a whispered message from a familiar spirit.
Yet even hope has its price, and life demands life in return.

First lets take a look inside the book with this excerpt:

As they penetrated deeper into Lerric’s palace, Sullyan grew more and more uneasy. A strange feeling she could not name gnawed at her senses. Partly it was fury, for this was where her life mate had breathed his last under unspeakable torture, and somewhere in this deadly place lurked the monster who had devoured his soul. Her heart clamored for vengeance; her spirit cried for mercy.
Yet she could not locate her enemy, and this gave rise to frustration. Shielded as she was, still she sent forth probes; slim, delicate slivers of power, just enough to touch a wary mind, just enough to give her that edge. Failing continually, her fury grew.
She also felt dread, fear, reluctance. The more empty rooms they searched, the fewer remained. Their quarry was running to ground, and soon they would unearth him. Except he wasn’t running and they were the quarry.
This aspect of her growing unease affected her the most. The palace was a trap and she had entered it willingly. She was dancing to another’s tune, and her choices were limited. Nevertheless, she advanced, caught in this master’s game, compelled by love and justice. Her wounded soul bled with every step she took.
They remained unchallenged and unhindered throughout the length of their search. Nothing moved to dismay them, nothing sounded to alert them. The rooms were all silent, the hallways deserted, no signs of life even in the private rooms Elias had so recently visited. The men of Sullyan’s company strode at her back, eyes alert, swords at the ready, muscles tensed for action. Action they were denied until, at the very last, they came to a large iron-bound door proudly displaying the hunting dog emblem of client-king Lerric.
Limp standards hung on either side of the door, luxurious fabrics worked with gold thread suspended from poles of silver. A horn rested in a niche in the wall, just waiting for the herald to sound it. But the herald was absent and the standards hung still, cold air whispering about them.
“Lerric’s throne room.” Elias’s body quivered with tension. He had caught Sullyan’s frustration and the futility of their search so far was jangling his overstretched nerves. “Anteroom first and then the main hall. It’s large, even by Loxton standards.”
Sullyan didn’t reply and the King cast her a glance, unwilling to intrude on her thoughts. Her men stood behind her in silence.
Finally, she spoke, her voice sounding distant and ragged. “They await us in the anteroom.”
Elias’s head came up eagerly, like a hound scenting prey. “The Baron?”
She shook her head, her expression fixed and grim. She brought up her sword. “His guard.” She turned to Elias and spoke curtly. “Stay by me. Remember your oath.”
It was an unmistakable order and he nodded before turning his attention back to the door. The others shifted behind him, eager for action; anything to end this uncertainty. Those carrying torches left them in sconces or extinguished them. The hallway faded around them.
Wil came abreast of Sullyan and laid one hand on the door, weapon held ready in the other. Sullyan took a deep breath, held it, let it out. On the next inhalation, she nodded to Wil, who took hold of the latch and pushed open the door.
The anteroom was large, as large as Elias’s dining hall. Like the rest of the palace, it was in darkness, but torchlight from the hallway flickered faintly on steel deep within the room. The stirring of feet could be heard, the intake of breath. But no one came to challenge them, no one came to fight. Sullyan let her fury build. It would seem she would have to carry the fighting to them.
So be it.
“Gentlemen. Let us make an end.”
Now lets get a look at this cover!

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Desperate people take matters into their own hands

Friday, December 1st, 2017
Fall
of the Cities: Planting the Orchard
by
Vance Huxley
Genre:
YA Fantasy, Apocalyptic
 
The
world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas
crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting
into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into
their own hands. 

 

 


As
the government begins to seal off rioting parts of the city, Corporal
Harry Miller takes an offered discharge to get his sister and her
kids to safety. But he’s not fast enough. Trapped in the city with
a rag-tag collection of ordinary citizens, Harry struggles to create
a small pocket of stability – a place to ride out the coming
confrontation between rioters and the Army, and save themselves from
complete annihilation.

 

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Vance
Huxley lives out in the countryside in Lincolnshire, England. He has
spent a busy life
working
in many different fields – including the building and rail
industries, as a workshop
manager,
trouble‐shooter for an engineering firm, accountancy, cafe
proprietor, and graphic
artist.
He also spent time in other jobs, and is proud of never being
dismissed, and only
once
made redundant.
Eventually
he found his Noeline, but unfortunately she died much too young. To
help with the
aftermath,
Vance tried writing though without any real structure. As an editor
and beta readers
explained
the difference between words and books, he tried again.
Now
he tries to type as often as possible in spite of the assistance of
his cats, since his legs no
longer
work well enough to allow anything more strenuous. An avid reader of
sci‐fi, fantasy and
adventure
novels, his writing tends towards those genres.
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How can you forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from you?

Friday, November 10th, 2017
Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard

The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2: 
Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?


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The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglass LimaBook 2: The Gladiator and the GuardBensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

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And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

Book 3: The Student and the Slave


Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.

Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?


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About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides
writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),
scrapbooking, and international travel.

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The future of both Earth and the Veil hang in the balance

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Secrets
and Souls
Prequel
to The Soul Guide
by
Kelly Stock
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
 
Set
forty years before The Soul Guide, this is a story of Bertram and
Mellissa… 

 

 


“You
think I don’t know that you’re keeping secrets from me? I am not
the only liar here…”

 

 

The
last thing Bertram expected after his grandfather’s death was to
find himself the owner of Clayhill Manor, a decrepit mansion with
little going for it other than musty rooms filled with moth-eaten
furniture and mice. But at least he gets to maintain the solitary
life he’s used to. That is, until red-headed beauty, Mellissa,
walks into his home and changes his life forever.

 

 

With
one touch of her hand, Bertram finds himself part of world he never
knew existed. Where he is the Caretaker, and Mellissa the Soul Guide.
Where doors appear out of nowhere and he’s the only one who can see
them.

 

 

Together
they must face a strange new world hidden just beneath the surface. A
world which contains the pure of soul and malevolent creatures that
lurk in the dark.

 

 

But
Mellissa holds secrets within her, secrets that hurt her heart. With
a past that she’s unwilling to share with a man who is falling in
love with her, can they put their feelings aside and fulfil their
roles or will her secrets tear them apart?

 

 

Apart
they are weak, together they are stronger, and the Mephisto are
always watching.

 

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Book 1
 
When
university student Sybil is stung by a bee in the middle of a winter
snowstorm, she finds herself chosen as the latest Soul Guide. With
only a few days to reach the Veil; the place of souls, and complete
the Passing Over ceremony, she begins to question everything she ever
believed to be true. But dark forces will stop at nothing to prevent
Sybil from fulfilling her destiny. Struggling with such a huge
responsibility, and afraid for her life, Sybil has no choice but to
put her trust in two complete strangers. 

 

 


Meet
Bertram, the Caretaker. Despite his anguish at losing the love of his
life, he has a job to do. Sybil is his responsibility now. He must
guide her to the Veil – no matter the cost.

 

 

Then
there’s Alec, who’s drawn to Sybil the moment he lays eyes on
her. Overcome by the sudden need to protect her, Alec will risk his
life to ensure her safety. Or does he have darker designs…?

 

 

Can
the reluctant Soul Guide, the grieving Caretaker, and the obsessive
stranger work together? Only one thing is certain: the future of both
Earth and the Veil hang in the balance, and the dark are
rising.

 

 
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Reviews:

 

I’ve
just finished the soul guide and I’m feeling very impatient for book
2! This is a great fantasy read, intriguing, with characters you
really want to know more about! It’s hard to believe this is the
author’s first novel, there’s so much detail and depth to the
characters and story. Well worth a read.”

 

 

Wow!
I could not put this book down. The way Kelly writes encaptures you
and takes you to another place. Her vivid imagination and the way she
describes every detail enables you to picture in your mind being
there with Sybil on this spiritual journey. It only took me two days
to read and I can’t wait for the next instalment to see what happens
next.”

 

 

This
book, well written and with a great story line, had me hooked from
the start and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.”

 

 

The
Soul Guide is a unique, fast-paced, beautifully-written book.
Immediately it sucked me in, and it was hard to put down. Kelly Stock
has woven together a story with interesting characters and a truly
imaginative plot. In a way, reading this felt like gazing upon
beautiful artwork. Every chapter revealed a new layer of the story,
intriguing me further and making me even more curious about what was
to come. What a treat this book was to read!”
 
 

 

Tortured Souls
The Soul Guide Series
Book 2
Releases
October 21st!
 
Still
reeling from the secrets revealed within the Veil, Sybil finds
herself getting more than she’d ever bargained for. Having to manage
her new gifts is hard enough let alone having to cope with the
barrage of memories that aren’t even her own. 
Could
becoming the Soul Guide be the biggest mistake of Sybil’s life or her
bravest decision yet? She couldn’t tell you, to busy dealing with the
responsibility that her new role brings and avoiding the growing
residents of Clayhill to find out. 

And
yet, hiding away isn’t an option. 

With
the arrival of terrified young Estelle, Sybil is forced to face
reality and become the warrior she was destined to be. There are far
worst things happening beyond the safety of Clayhill and she doesn’t
have the option of turning a blind eye, especially when the ‘worst
things’ involve her own beloved dad. 

With
Estelle’s revelations, action must be taken. Can the unlikely group
work together to save the children locked away in the depths of the
Masters home or will the Mephisto succeed in tearing them apart? Read
book two of The Soul Guide series to find out.

In
Tortured Souls, alliances are made, friendships are forged, hearts
are broken and the battle of light versus dark has truly begun.

 
 
Born
and bred in London, UK, Kelly is a 38 year-old multitasking mum,
wife, colleague, friend, daughter, sister and lastly, but by no means
least, writer. 

Her love of
writing started when she began her Creative Writing degree at North
London University in 1999. She hasn’t always wanted to be a writer,
her first job of choice was a Vet, but that dream died when she
realized she was allergic to most, small, furry animals. But, she has
always loved to read, and that’s where her passion for writing
began. 

After finishing her
degree in 2002, she didn’t put pen to paper, or fingers to
keyboard, until thirteen years later. Life, in all its wonderful
glory got in the way. Then when her youngest went to school full-time
she had precious time on her hands. It was during this time that
Bertram, Sybil, and Alec were conceived and her first novel, The Soul
Guide was born.

In her spare time you
can find Kelly, reading, bringing up her kids the best way she knows
how, and trying desperately not to make a fool of herself on social
media. 
 
 
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will her own broken heart prove, once and for all, that it really is as evil as the stories say?

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Jessica Parker’s adventures in the written world, have occurred as long as she can remember. Reading stories of dragons, magic, romance and the power of one person, inspired Jessica to write stories of her own. Jessica is currently working on a fairy tale series and the sequel to The Bride Trials
Aside from reading and writing,  she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, driving four wheelers, swimming, scuba diving, movies and cooking.
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What if the greatest deception comes from our own heart?
Despite knowing little in expressions of love, Anessa, Queen of the seven covens would set the world on fire if it meant gaining the attentions of Rothe. Despite his past and state of exile, she is determined to remain loyal to the only man to ever claim her love… even if it means stealing the magic mirror of Eventyr. 
But when the shocking truth of Rothe’s intention rises to the surface, Anessa realizes that his dark obsessions are far more than she is prepared to forgive. Caught between the pains of betrayal and the need to gather her courage to face the man she once thought she loved, Anessa steels herself to do whatever it takes to see him fail.
Even if it means making the princess Snow White sleep forever. 
Can Anessa protect the royal family? Or will her own broken heart prove, once and for all, that it really is as evil as the stories say?
 

 

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The door to the workroom opened and
the young princess entered. Her hair was as black as midnight and
adorned with a simple gold circlet. Her skin, the color of moonlight, appeared
even lighter against the dark blue fabric of her gown. But her most striking
feature was her lips the color of ripe strawberries. 
“I heard yelling,” she
said. 
“I dropped something. I didn’t
mean to disturb you, your highness,” Anessa answered. 
“That’s a lovely necklace. Do
you need help putting it on?” 
“Yes. I’ll ring for one of the
maids.” 

 

“Oh, they’ll never come. They’re
too afraid of being turned into a toad by the Witch Queen.” She clasped a
hand to her mouth. “I’m sorry. You’re her. I meant no offense. They’ll do
anything you ask. They’re just afraid of magic after what happened to
Mother.”
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Magic is dangerous, but secrets can kill…

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Revelations
The
Aria Knight Chronicles Book 2
By
Alesha Escobar and Samantha Lafantasie
Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
 

Magic
is dangerous, but secrets can kill…

Aria
Knight sees a light at the end of the tunnel as she sets out to
confront the powerful witch who turned her world upside down…her
mother. She must decide if the witch, Clare, truly wants to help her,
or drag her into a fate worse than death.

 

 


Darkness gathers
around Aria and her friends as rioting and assassination plots break
out in the streets of Miracle Falls. Her ally, Harry Storm, conceals
the truth about his powers while trying to keep it together long
enough to help, or else fall into an abyss of insanity. And Jacob
Wolfe, the man she yearns for, has little time for romance as he’s
stuck trying to prevent an all-out war on preternaturals.

 

Aria
knows that she must do her part to keep the peace, but it’s difficult
when the conflict within her own family threatens to tear her down.
In liberating her only sibling from a magical prison, she finds that
she may have hastened the destruction of all sin eaters, including
herself.

 

 


REVELATIONS is the second book of the Aria Knight
Chronicles by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie, and
bestselling author of The Gray Tower Trilogy, Alesha Escobar.

 

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Sin
Eater
The
Aria Knight Chronicles Book 1
 
Aria
Knight has an unusual set of skills: she will hold back the hounds of
Hell so you can fly toward the Pearly Gates, and she will wipe your
slate clean so that you don’t become karma’s bitch…for a price.

 

 


A
Sin Eater has to make a living in today’s world somehow.

 

 

But
when she’s called in the dead of night to perform her rite for a
recluse billionaire, she stumbles upon a murder scene, and the
evidence points to her.

 

 

In
an attempt to clear her name and uncover the true culprit, Aria is
forced to team up with a private investigator who’s possessed by
three spirits, and a handsome wizard who would rather see all Sin
Eaters like Aria go extinct.

 

 

Aria
knows her job is never easy, but now it’s become downright
deadly.

 

 

SIN
EATER is the first book of the Aria Knight Chronicles by USA Today
bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie and Alesha Escobar, author of
the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy.

 

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I’m
a caffeine addict and chocoholic who enjoys reading and writing
engaging stories, loveable (and not-so loveable) characters, and
expressing my creativity daily. I write fantasy with intriguing
characters, action-packed scenes, and always throw in a good dash of
humor and romance.
Science Fiction and Fantasy are
my favorite genres, but I also adore the classics (Shakespeare, Dante
Alighieri, etc.) and I have a soft spot in my heart for Victorian
poetry. You can geek out with me all-day every day over these
Some of my favorite contemporary
fantasy authors are George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan (rest in
peace), J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher (Dresden Files made me
love Urban Fantasy), and Ilona Andrews among others. I enjoy movies
and shows like Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, The
Avengers…there are too many to name!
I want to read more comics and
graphic novels, please shoot a recommendation or two my way (I LOVE
the Hellblazer comics, by the way).
Please don’t be a stranger–I
want you to kick up your feet, sip your coffee (or tea) and join in
on my weekly rants, discussions, and updates.

 

 

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Horemheb, crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from
times long past. 



Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers
set in these worlds.
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When 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena, she doesn’t count on falling for him.
 
Once back in Ancient Egypt, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena if not all she must do and is not as easy as she thought it would be, even though she carries part of the lost queen in her soul. She must also keep out of the reach of the living
Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back 
 home.

 

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A shout from behind makes me turn. Tut is running after me, but it is not his voice that ignites the terror in my heart. It is mine screaming to hold on to life.
“No. No. NO!”
The force of the explosion flings me through the air like a rag doll. By the time I pick my head up a dense cloud of dust engulfs me. Too late I cover my face.
I’m choking, can’t breathe, can’t see! I’m dying!
Arms encircle my chest pulling me backwards. My legs scrape painfully across the debris- covered granite floor. Another pair of arms lifts my legs. Floating. That’s what it’s like. Dying is like floating on air.
My body touches solid ground. Voices, whispers really, penetrate my clogged brain. I hope this is heaven.
Without warning, I start coughing and gagging. My brain screams at me. “Fight! Breathe!”
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Prophecy works with and against those who would heed it

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Choices
Meant For Gods
The
Choices Trilogy Book 1
by
Sandy Lender
Genre:
Fantasy
 
Not
even the gods noticed when Chariss was born with the mark of The
Protector. Now she and her wizard guardian seek shelter from a mad
sorcerer in a household not just full of secrets and false hope, but
watched by the god who will unwittingly reveal her role in an
impending war.

 

 


When
an orphan sets aside a lifetime of running and fear to accept the
responsibilities of guarding an arrogant deity, can she face the
trials in the prophecies she uncovers? Will Nigel Taiman of her
latest refuge dare to use his dragon heritage to bind her to his
estate or to help her in her duty?

 

 

Choices
Meant for Gods is without a doubt the freshest most engaging high
fantasy novel to come out in years and breathes new life into a tired
genre. The characters leap off the page and the plot is lightning
quick and deftly written with many layers that tease the mind and
imagination. Choices Meant for Gods is not a mere novel; it is a
gorgeous piece of written art. I can hardly wait for the second
book!”

 

Jamieson
Wolf, Linear Reflections

 

Author
of Hope Falls, Electric Pink,

 

Electric
Blue, and Garden City

 

 

In
Choices Meant for Gods, Sandy Lender takes her readers of fantasy
fiction by the hand and leads them through an exciting world filled
with sorcerers, gods, goddesses, dragons, and other mythical
creatures. Through the use of interesting characters and clever
dialogue (“Try not to think, Nicolas. You look so much more
handsome when you’re bewildered.”), she weaves a spell of magic
and fantasy. The only problem for the reader may occur at the end of
the book when they find themselves wanting more and discover they
will have to wait for book two!”

 

Gary
R. Hoffman, Author for Short Story

 

Anthologies
including Seven By Seven

 

and
Never Safe

 

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Meant For Kings
The
Choices Trilogy Book 2
 
There’s
no doubt: Chariss is in danger. Her geasa is hampered by the effects
of a friend’s marriage. The dashing Nigel Taiman hides something
from her, yet demands she stay at his family’s estate where he and
her wizard guardian intend to keep her safe. But the sorcerer Lord
Drake and Julette The Betrayer know she’s there, and their
monstrous army marches that way.

 

 


When
prophecies stack up to threaten an arrogant deity, Chariss must
choose between the dragon that courts her and the ostracized kings of
the Southlands for help. Evil stalks her at every turn and madness
creeps over the goddess who guides her. Can an
orphan-turned-Protector resist the dark side of her heritage? Or will
she sacrifice all to keep her god-charge safe?

 

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Choices
Meant For All
The
Choices Trilogy Book 3
 
From
the foothills of the Freotho Mountains to the marble halls of
Mahriket, factions of deities rise to threaten not just Master
Rothahn’s crown, but all of Onweald’s people. The battles fan the
gates of the dark spirit world releasing demons of every species to
aid the enemy, but Emperor Nigel Taiman brings Malachi’s power to the
Arcanan Army’s camp in hopes of tipping the balance in his bride’s
favor. Dangerous times call for strange allies from all quarters. To
restore the geasa that will save the god she’s sworn to protect,
Amanda Chariss must escape the very Betrayer’s grasp and make choices
for the good of all. Does she have the will to sacrifice all that she
holds dear in the process? Dive into the action-packed conclusion of
the Choices trilogy to discover how prophecy works with and against
those who would heed it.
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Readers
will recognize Sandy Lender as the author of the 2007 fantasy novel
“Choices Meant for Gods” from ArcheBooks Publishing, but
the South Florida resident has been writing since she was knee high
to a grasshopper. At the early age of about six, Sandy entertained
the folks in her great grandmother’s apartment building in Southern
Illinois with ghost stories of squeaky spiders. Sandy won a
first-place award with that imagination when she wrote a sequel to
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” during her school days
in the St. Louis area before earning a degree in English from Truman
State University in Kirksville, Missouri. That led to a career in
journalism where she’s worked for a variety of publications the past
23 years.

 

 


Today
she’s the editorial director of two construction magazines and
publisher of an avian publication. ArcheBooks has released the final
of the “Choices” trilogy, and a number of her YA novels
will get star treatment in 2016 and beyond. Sandy is also a sea
turtle conservationist. She has companion parrots and turtles in her
home who keep her hopping. It takes one ring on her cell phone to
discover she’s remained obsessed with Duran Duran since 1984. She’s
beaten cancer twice, but still battles the IRS. To begin 2016
properly, she welcomes readers to share in the conclusion of
Chariss’s epic story in “Choices Meant for All.”

 

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I hate faeries…they are deceitful, evil, and conniving

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
The Halfling
by Melissa H. North
Genre: Fantasy
“There are three things I know are
certain in my life. Firstly, I am a cursed halfling—part faerie,
part human. Another thing I know is I hate faeries. They are
deceitful, evil, and conniving.
The third thing I know—and it is
a certainty—nothing is guaranteed in this life, including your
sanity, your family, and your world as you know it.” –
Eliana
Eliana finds herself propelled into a world she longs
to stay away from; a world where nothing is what it seems. In a race
against minds, she must master her magic and fight an unimaginable
darkness, stretching throughout the realm of Grandelione. The same
darkness that cursed her mother and, now, her half-brother is laying
dormant in her too.
It grows stronger with each passing
day.
Left with two options, she must choose to fight and bring
peace back to Grandelione or plunge into a world of darkness and
murder.
Can she learn to harness her magic and bring
peace back to Grandelione and her family?
Or will the
darkness within consume her?

 

Pursued by her brothers from the Faerie
realm of Grandelione, Eliana Ariarose flees through the streets of
New York City.
Her brothers are sworn enemies, with
the youngest, Caelian, having battled to earn his title of Crown
Prince from Aemon – a royal who vows bloodshed in order to have his
claim to the throne restored.
As Eliana flees, she makes startling
discoveries about herself and her real identity, as well as the truth
about her upbringing.
Eliana meets many beings from the
Faerie world. Some would die to keep her safe, while others would
happily steal her immense and unusual powers, right before destroying
her heart and soul.
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been a hobby and cathartic experience for me. Turning my passion into
a fulfilling career as an Author has been one of my greatest dreams.
I write because creating something that didn’t exist before is as
close to magic as I’ll ever get. All you need is imagination.
I’ve
always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the
influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I
love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the
research, investigation, and production of stories I feel are worth
writing about. I am a curious and proactive Author, interested in
preserving the foundations set by classical literature by adapting
them to modern themes and trends.
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