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Sometimes Genevieve’s random thoughts unintentionally turn into actual spells, causing all kinds of trouble

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

 

Don’t Mess With This Witch
by Liz Lorow
Genre: YA Fantasy
Genevieve Howe is a 16 year-old witch incarcerated in a magical juvenile detention center. She’s not a bad kid, she’s just a really lousy witch. Sometimes her random thoughts unintentionally turn into actual spells, causing all kinds of trouble.
Now the administration needs Genevieve’s help to find a student/inmate who escaped. Why her? Because there’s something ‘wrong’ with Genevieve, and she seems to be able to do what others can’t.
If she can find Logan, will she turn him in, join him on the run, or find some other way to help without violating the code of honor among magical misfits?
A comedic fantasy romp about incarcerated teen witches, the one that got away, and the one sent to find him.
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Elisabeth grew up in Massachusetts and spent most of her life in the Boston area. She went to art school and nursing school, then eventually after taking a few more courses convinced the University of New Hampshire to give her a degree in behavioral science. As a psych nurse for several years, she believes in the healing powers of laughter and love.
She recently made her longtime dream come true, living in Coastal Florida with her amazing superhero husband and their two lovable cats. If you haven’t heard from her for a while, she’s probably sitting on her balcony, mesmerized by the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
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Lady Chrysania of Bloodstein, dwells in the dark, hiding her face, ravaged by an ancient curse

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

 

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Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 
 
Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.

 

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Mysterious and elusive, Lady Chrysania of Bloodstein calls from the ruins of her castle. She dwells in the dark, hiding her face, ravaged by an ancient curse. The only way to break the curse is to win a game called Perlamum. If she loses, she dies. She looks to her Vith kin in the west, begging for help acquiring the all-important pieces she needs to play the game.


Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, his Ne-Countess Sammidoran, and his cousins answer her call. However, collecting the Perlamum pieces for Lady Bloodstein is a deadly game. They must face a host of perils:


-The terrible Black Hat in the city of Waam who knows their every move.
-A hated rival on the planet Xandarr and the bewildering labyrinth of Gods Temple.
-The man from Shook who cannot be killed.
-A family of vile bravos from the south.
-The diabolical Dead Men of Mare, nigh invincible creatures straight from an insane nightmare.


To even the odds, Kay and Sam turn to a forgotten graveyard deep in the Telmus Grove, and the great eminence resting there.


Can Lady Chrysania of Bloodstein be helped, or, for that matter . . .


. . . can she be trusted?

  
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1)—What is the name of Magistrate Kilos’ son?
A)—William
B)—Sebastian
C)—John
D)—Terrance
2)—What does the Magistrate think of Sarah of Blanchefort?
A)—She ‘s shy and introverted.
B)—She’s quiet and mouse-like.
C)—She’s regal and noble, acting like a proper lady at all times.
D)—She’s a loud-mouthed pain-in-the-rear who refuses to go away.
Chapter 2: The House of Bloodstein – https://youtu.be/0OxeLoZScDY
1)—What planet did most of the House of Bloodstein migrate to years prior?
A)—Planet Bloodstein
B)—Planet Fall
C)—Hoban
D)—Bazz
2)—Who is Lady Chrysania’s opponent in her upcoming Perlamum tournament?
A)—Lady Megla of Krowne
B)—Lady Tulee of Olyn
C)—Rothaba of George
D)—Baroness Camilla of Sorrander

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Get free young-adult books during Kody Boye’s 2020 Birthday Bash!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

 

Get free young-adult books during Kody Boye’s 2020 Birthday Bash!
 
Hello everyone, and welcome to my 2020 Birthday Bash! Though my birthday isn’t until the 7th of April, I wanted to kick off the celebration by providing you access to free, full-length young-adult books not only by me, but several other authors, through the Book Funnel website!
What’s the catch?
There is none! These books are provided to you, for free, by the authors themselves! You’re free to download as many as you want!
But what would a birthday celebration be without a little self-promotion?
Today only, you can get all of my young-adult series starters on Amazon.com for FREE. Yes, I said ALL of them (even those included in the Kindle Unlimited program!)
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Though he was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye has lived in the state of Texas since 2010. His first short story, [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge, was published at the age of fourteen. He has since gone on to publish numerous works of fiction, including the young-adult novels When They Came, The Beautiful Ones, The Midnight Spell and ALT CONTROL ENTER, as well as fiction for adults. He currently lives and writes in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He is in the process of obtaining an undergraduate in creative writing and plans to pursue an MFA to teach afterward.
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Forget everything you think you know about myths and legends, James Pyne’s Big Cranky connects them all in an epic web of deceitful betrayal, love, and loyalty

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Big
Cranky: Fall Into Darkness
by
James Pyne
Genre:
Dark Mythological Fantasy, Action 
 
Forget
everything you think you know about myths and legends, James Pyne’s
Big Cranky connects them all in an epic web of deceitful betrayal,
love, and loyalty. A capricious tale of gods, showing human quirks
are not only wasted on the mortals. A tale of many deities treading
lightly around a superior as the world begins.
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James
Pyne hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been a scribe for the
Universe much of his life. He’s a firm believer in being able to
write in every genre, to make his world building and characters
hopefuly come out genuine. No matter what he writes it will have some
form of darkness, nothing is pure light in any worlds James creates
and rumor has it, his surviving characters are plotting his demise.
When it comes to his past time, much of it is spent learning the
craft, but he does enjoy gardening and playfully tormenting those he
loves. When he’s not writing, or working his day job, he’s traveling.
The Andalusia region of Spain the last place that tolerated him. 
Favorite
authors: John Gardner (Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues). Fyodor
Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov). Clive Barker (Imajica,
Weaveworld, Books of Blood). Terry Pratchett (Good Omens, Bad Omens).
J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings). And all the scribes who carried
on the tradition of myths throughout the ages.
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Iona Dickinson doesn’t know she’s a witch…until she unknowingly makes a deadly wish that reopens a 300-year-old curse on her family

Monday, March 30th, 2020

 

The Recollection of Trees
by Sadie Francis Skyheart
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Iona Dickinson doesn’t know she’s a witch…until she unknowingly makes a deadly wish that reopens a 300-year-old curse on her family. Torn between conflicting beliefs of family and friends, Iona must risk losing all of them as she gains self-acceptance in The Recollection of Trees.
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Sadie Francis Skyheart (1972- ) was born and raised in Michigan. She currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two sons, two cats, and a coonhound. She is a dedicated Detroit Lions fan. She likes to write in lucky Halloween socks, often while listening to Thirty Seconds to Mars or Chloe Moriondo.
THE RECOLLECTION OF TREES debuted as the #1 New Release in Children’s Scary Stories and Top 10 Bestselling Teen & YA Ghost Stories. She is currently completing the script for book’s feature film adaptation, THE ACCIDENTAL WITCH. She is an associate producer of IN THE DEATHROOM (2020), an award-winning crime drama based on a short story by Stephen King.
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The Gift of Fire to Save Us…  The Gift of Fire to Awaken Us

Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Gifts of Fire and Ice
The Firenight Prophecies Book 1
by Darren Boeck
Genre: YA Fantasy, Coming of Age
The Gift of Fire to Save Us…
The Gift of Fire to Awaken Us…
Valinet is a gifter. She’s good with fire magic, but little does she know she is one of the most powerful gifters of the empire. Torn between the life she knows and one that she does not, Valinet and her brother Serg, must decide if they will brave the dangers of the Middle Desert to seek protection in Windfall.
With their lives turned upside down, they must find their own path within the empire. Pushed apart by fate, they struggle to stay connected to one another, while noble Bloodlines seek their own ambitions. Are the Bloodlines seeking Valinet? Will they seek to employ her or try to take her power? Can serg keep himself out of the watchful eyes of the Bloodlines?
Gifts of Fire and Ice is book one of the FireNight Prophecies. It brings the Fire Empire into focus just as it is starting to unravel. Noble Bloodlines seek to weaken the emperor’s grasp, pulling in Valinet, Serg, and even the emperor’s own children. They must play every hand they have to win.
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Darren Boeck is an avid reader of both science fiction and fantasy novels. Having spent decades reading them, he finally decided to put pen to paper (or keyboard to word processor) and wrote his own. With a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and way too many hours behind the glow of a computer screen, he has taken a leap from the logic of the computer realm into a realm of YA fantasy. When not working on this current series, he can be found navigating life with his wife, four daughters, and two dogs.
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Heartbreak. Kidnapping. Political rebellion. Best summer vacation ever.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
The Firebrand Chronicles are clean YA portal fantasy by J.M. Hackman
  

Brenna travels to Linneah via portal to visit her boyfriend Baldwin, only to find heartbreak. Betrayal. A serious case of never, ever wanting to see him again. Worst summer vacation ever.

So when her best friend Tiny invites her on a road trip to meet Tiny’s fiancé, Brenna jumps at the chance. Even if her mother disapproves. Even if it’s through a dangerous travel portal. Even if Tiny has never met this fiancé handpicked by her dad. Anything’s better than staying in Linneah.

But the trip disintegrates into disaster. The two friends are separated, Brenna is kidnapped, and not only are Brenna’s Firebrand skills tested to the limit, she must participate in the dangerous event, Starfall . . . or go home. Broke. Alone. With a shattered heart. So not fun.

And then as if that’s not bad enough? Brenna discovers a plot that could spell disaster for everyone she holds dear. And no one believes her.

Can she prevent a bloody government takeover? And what will become of Brenna’s broken heart?

Flare: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NJQJT7B 

 

 

Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire with her bare hands.

Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.

When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she travels through a portal to find her. Who knew portals even existed? But Brenna’s arrival in Linneah begins the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, including a royal murder and the theft of Linneah’s most powerful relic: the Sacred Veil.

Hold up. Can everything just slow down for a sec?

Unwilling yet left with no other choice, Brenna and her new friend Baldwin (Um, hello, Hottie!) pursue the thief into the dangerous woods of Silvastamen and beyond. Exactly what Brenna wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. Exactly. When they spy an army marching toward Linneah, Brenna is horrified. Can she find the veil, save her mother, and warn Linneah in time?

And more importantly, why on earth doesn’t this alternity have Belgian waffles?

Spark: https://www.amazon.com/Spark-Firebrand-Chronicles-Book-One-ebook/dp/B06Y1DSKRB

 

ABOUT the AUTHOR

Award winning author J. M. Hackman loves thunderstorms, bookstores, and happy endings. She’s never met a reading nook she didn’t like and prefers soul talk to small talk. When she’s not writing or reading, she spends quality time with her greatest fans—her family.

She’s written Spark, Flare, and Burn (her YA fantasy series the Firebrand Chronicles) and has had her stories published in the anthologies Realmscapes, Mythical Doorways, Tales of Ever After, and Encircled.

She spends her days writing stories, consuming massive quantities of dark chocolate, and looking for portals to other worlds.

You can find her at

authorjmhackman@gmail.com

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When magic is involved a good outcome isn’t always guaranteed

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
Crossed
Keeper
Witches 0.5
by
Kristy Centeno
Genre:
YA Urban Fantasy 
 
Bryn
McCaskey lived by simple rules: kill demons, never use magic against
school bullies, and avoid running her mouth in front of her Grams.
It
all seemed easy enough to follow.
Until
Rhyzel Connor rolled into her life.
Suddenly
everything she thought she knew about demons is put to the test as
she finds herself teaming up with the most unusual of teammates to
save a fellow witch from a hit.
Only
problem is she doesn’t know how trustworthy Rhyzel is.
When
magic is involved a good outcome isn’t always guaranteed and Bryn
will have to put her neck on the line to get to the bottom of the
well, even if it means unmasking Rhyzel and everything he stands for
in an attempt to solve the biggest mystery she’s ever come across.
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Kristy
Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night,
with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing
stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived
from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her
female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at
nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
Kristy
currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids, a quartet of
noisy parakeets, and a spoiled puppy. When she’s not working or
writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of
minions and pursuing other career goals.
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Someone is kidnapping the street kids in Twynne Rivers

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Of Children and Dragons

A Tale of Heroes, Book 1

 

By Mark Hansen

mrkhmusic@gmail.com

801-455-7375

 

Someone is kidnapping the street kids in Twynne Rivers

 

DeFrantis is a young human girl living on the streets, trying to eke out a living in the sprawling city, and she has problems. First, after a botched attempt to steal a chicken, she’s on the run. Second, for some reason, someone other than the City Guard is trying to hunt her down. Finally, the poor kids she was trying to feed got sold off to slavers.

 

She has to save them, but first, she has to find them! Along the way, she gets help from strangers: Antonerri, a soldier turned heretic – Thissraelle, an elven mage girl; Granthurg, the studious giant; and Karendle, a half-dwarf wizard wannabe.

 

…But who is the Dragon’s Flame?

 

“…Each of these characters emerges from wildly differing circumstances, and have unique perspectives and goals, which don’t always neatly align with those of their companions, and in some cases can leave them wondering if they’re even fighting on the right side.  It’s that searching and self-doubt — all while being swept up by larger events — that makes these players in this little drama so fascinating.”

 

-Doug Bedwell, Author of “A Counterfeit Princess” and “Robot Captain”

 

This story is based on the setting and system of the table-top role-playing game, “A Tale of Heroes” By Mark Hansen, Brendon Hansen, and Jacob Hansen. It’s a family-friendly, story-driven system designed to help families enjoy time together.

 

Roll Dice – Build Character

 

Book available in paperback, kindle, and audible formats

At https://amzn.to/2XwXC6Z

 

About the Author

 

 

Mark Hansen has been writing and studying writing for most of his adult life. Though “A Tale of Heroes” is his first published work of fiction, he has written many books and blogs over the years. He currently lives in Eagle Mountain, UT, and loves to play geeky games with his sons.

 

Other books and games by Mark Hansen

 

  • The Hero’s Tale – How to Use Tabletop RPGs to Help Raise Great Kids – TheHerosTale.com

  • Seeker’s Quest – A collectible card game based on the scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – SeekersQuestGame.com

  • Best of the Black Pot, Around the World in a Dutch Oven, Dutch Oven Breads, 4 others – Dutch Oven Outdoor Cookbooks – MarksBlackPot.com

 

Mark’s Social Media

 

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  • @theherostaletht – The Hero’s Tale

  • @mrkhmusic – Mark’s Creative Mind

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A man with a dark past meets a girl with a bright future. Their choices will change the world

Friday, March 20th, 2020

“Guardian of the Sunshine Bride” by Austin Rehl, a look behind the scenes.

Betrothed Duty Versus Unexpected Love –

Promo from March 20, the first book in my series will be, 99 cents, for a week
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ABOUT the BOOK:

 

 

– The Bride with Secret Magical Powers –
Princess Kathleen is betrothed to the powerful Prince of Tyath. The arrangement was made when she was just a child.
She is duty bound to save her people from starvation and sees the marriage as her only
option. That is until she meets the S?halt Guardian sent to protect her during her dangerous journey to
the altar. The vigorous guardian steals her first kiss, but will he be able to keep her safe and steal her
heart?

– The Warrior with Chiseled Features and Rigid Strength –
Jared spent his childhood in the cold north training to be a S?halt Guardian – the fiercest of protectors.
While seeking revenge for his sister’s death, he sets off a chain of events that endangers the next person
he is ordered to protect. Will one act of vengeance cost him the forbidden love of the Princess he longs
for?

– The Loyal and Handsome Prince Filled with Compassion –
Heathron has managed to become the heir to an empire, but he needs to be married to assume the
throne. Despite all the manipulative efforts of the beautiful, back-stabbing young ladies of the Golden
City, he dreams of the illustrious young girl the met as a child. Will he still love the Princess as secrets
unravel and he discovers the truth about her journey to him with the Warrior?

– The Revenge Seeking Barbarian –
Cedric will stop at nothing to reclaim the ancestral lands of his people and drink from the skull of the
man who killed his father. As he unites his army of ruthless barbarians, Cedric knows that capturing the
Princess is his best chance at securing all his evil desires. Will the Princess survive being a pawn in his dangerous scheme filled with deceit and destruction?

Step into this epic fantasy adventure today!

 

ABOUT the AUTHOR:

Austin Rehl lives in beautiful Marietta, Ohio USA. He and his wife Wendy have six wonderful children – three girls and three boys. He enjoys working on the farm, hiking in the woods, and spending time with friends.

He fell in love with the fantasy genre in 7th grade, when he first read J. R. R. Tolkien. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, with its strong female characters, also helped to shape Austin’s fantasy style. Creating a wonderful tale of magic and adventure became a lifelong goal. Austin strives to portray the good, the true and the beautiful in his storytelling, while providing a contrast with the darkness and weakness that can also be found in the human heart.

He has published:

Guardian of the Sunshine Bride
Guardian of the Golden City

The third book in his S?halt Series is titled Guardian of the Emerald Coast, and is due out this summer.

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Sissy Collet and her siblings have grown up with neglectful parents, impoverished, and bullied by their small town

Friday, March 20th, 2020

 

Poor Florida Cracker
by Chelsea Falin
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Sissy Collet and her siblings have grown up with neglectful parents, impoverished, and bullied by their small town. When they finally get their chance to break free, they take it – despite having the odds stacked against their favor. With nothing except a half-cooked scheme and an old beater, they set off without a set destination in the hopes they will finally be free of the baggage holding them back. Will Sissy get her happily ever after? Or will she never be anything more than a Poor Florida Cracker?
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Chelsea Falin is the 25 year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family.
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To this day, there is no doubt that a large number of bodies remain under the market carpark, but the exact number seems somewhat debatable

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Absent Shadows Trilogy: Destiny, Sacrifice & Deception

This YA paranormal romance trilogy takes place (predominantly) in Melbourne, Australia but also in the San Francisco Bay Area. The story is completely fictional; however the Melbourne settings are real locations which are some of the oldest parts of Melbourne, namely the Queen Victoria Market and the Flagstaff Gardens.

 

I’d like to share with you a bit of the history of this part of Melbourne so you will understand what inspired me to write this story about ghosts and vampires set in this area.

 

~~***~~

 

A few years ago, I was working in Melbourne around the corner from the Queen Victoria Market, which is not far from the Flagstaff Gardens. One day while out walking at lunchtime, I started sensing that the area was the perfect setting for a story about ghosts and vampires. There had been a strong resurgence in the popularity of vampires and ghosts, and I’d always been keenly interested in both. In fact, I’d done a late night ghost tour through the area just a few years earlier. It was on this ghost tour that I first learned the history of the cemetery under the market’s carpark.

When I set out to write the story, I decided to do a bit of research on the area. Of course I headed straight to Google and WIKIPEDIA. I read numerous accounts of the market and the gardens, and although not everything I read was consistent, it seemed the general consensus was that the area we now call the Flagstaff Gardens was originally referred to as Burial Hill and was the site of Melbourne’s first burials.

 

As Melbourne grew, the Melbourne Cemetery was built in the area that is now the Queen Victoria Market. This cemetery was used from 1837 until the early 1850’s. Then, in the early 1850’s, what is now referred to as the Melbourne General Cemetery was built.

In the early 1900’s there were plans to expand the Queen Victoria Market, so a number of bodies (approximately 900) were exhumed from the Old Melbourne Cemetery and relocated to other cemeteries. However poor records, deterioration of headstones and numerous other factors prevented the remaining bodies from being exhumed.

To this day, there is no doubt that a large number of bodies remain under the market carpark, but the exact number seems somewhat debatable. Some accounts suggested that there were originally over 10,000 bodies in the Old Melbourne Cemetery. However, another report suggests that due to a fire in 1864 which destroyed early records, the 10,000 bodies cannot be verified. So the question remains; are 9,000+ bodies still there today? Or is it a lesser number?

Regardless of the exact number, there is no argument that not all the bodies were exhumed. Therefore, when you walk across the carpark, you are walking over the top of thousands of bodies that reside as little as six feet below.

Now, with the Melbourne City Council in the midst of massive redevelopment plans for the area, the controversy lives on.

You can read all about the history by simply Googling “Old Melbourne Cemetery”. It makes for some very interesting reading, indeed.

 

 

THE BOOKS:

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

 

 

Series Description:

Set in one of the oldest parts of Melbourne, Australia, the Absent Shadows Trilogy is the story of nineteen year-old Lili McIntyre who decides to trade her California summer for a mid-winter visit to Australia in hope of finding inspiration and direction in the country where her father was born.

 

But when she arrives in Melbourne, the first thing she finds is the last thing she’s looking for—a brooding man who makes her heart race every time she sees him. Against her better judgement, Lili finds herself drawn into a relationship that tests her very beliefs about life, reality and fantasy.

 

As the story progresses, Lili must learn how to follow her destiny as she faces some of the hardest decisions of her life, makes incredible sacrifices, and encounters deception from places where it is least expected.

 

Follow Lili’s journey across the Pacific Ocean as she travels from the San Francisco Bay Area to Melbourne, and all across Australia.

 

Destiny Excerpt:

 

Sometimes, when something bad happens, time seems to slow to a crawl.

Like that time I was running to visit my friend who lived down the street. I was only about ten at the time, but it seemed like it was yesterday. I remember exactly how it felt as I ran down that street toward her house. And how, when I was only part way there, I stepped on an acorn and my foot rolled out from under me. As I fell, the pavement got closer and closer to my face—in horrible slow-motion. I hit the ground with my hands stretched out in front of me, scraping the skin off both palms. They barely bled but man they hurt like crazy.

Yes, I could replay that memory like a slow-motion movie in my head even now—years later.

But this … well, this wasn’t like that.

What happened next was like a series of still photos. Tom flew out of the bedroom in a blur, but stopped just long enough for the image of his face to be burnt into my mind. His eyes were no longer soft brown, but were instead a glowing red, and his normally tanned complexion was now pallid grey. But what really stood out was the blood that ran down from the corner of his mouth.

Then I heard Sam’s voice—loud and harsh. ‘Go!’

Tom was gone and I heard the door slam.

I closed my eyes for no more than a long blink—it couldn’t have been more than a second—but when I opened them, Sam was in the bedroom, bending over Claire. Was he doing something to her neck? She was so still.

I ran to the doorway but stopped short of going in. I couldn’t draw a breath to scream or talk. I just stood there, frozen.

 

About the Author:

 

S M Spencer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

As a young teenager her mother introduced her to the world of romantic suspense by encouraging her to read the works of authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. These books stirred a passion in her that would last a lifetime—to become a writer.

 

Feeling the need to experience life before embarking on a writing career, Ms Spencer completed a business degree. Her career eventually landed her in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived ever since. Yet her true passion to be a writer never abated.

 

SM Spencer now writes from her home in the outskirts of Melbourne, where she lives with her husband, horses, cats and dogs.

 

 

All of Ms Spencer’s books can be found on Amazon –

www.amazon.com/S-M-Spencer/e/B00PGE0G9U

 

 

The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

 

  • Finding Your Voice is a personal and comprehensive guide for survivors of abuse making the journey toward healing. Led by an author who has walked the path for more than three decades, readers will find encouragement and hope as they move step-by-step to a place of recovery.
  • Part memoir, part blueprint for recovery, Finding Your Voice uses a mix of personal anecdotes, accumulated knowledge, expert techniques and good, common sense to help readers navigate a new path in the aftermath of abuse.
  • With clear instructions and insightful examples, the author leads the readers through the five stages of healing—built upon the foundation of years of self-help work, therapy and reflection, and the author’s own transformative approach to healing.

 

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  • Finding Your Voice is an amazing resource not only for abuse survivors but for all women who wish to develop a stronger sense of self-worth. Regardless of your life experiences, this book is a wonderful guide to becoming who you want to be.
    • Mannette’s empowering and uplifting personal stories combine empathy, practicality, and encouragement. The book is a powerful reminder that no one has to remain a victim of their past.
    • With a companion workbook and audiobook available, Finding Your Voice puts the power to heal in your own hands. It’s a comprehensive blueprint guide that offers step-by-step strategies, encouraging personal anecdotes, and easy-to-understand, manageable steps to follow. It includes exercises and questions for self-reflection that prompt readers to think about their own experiences in a way they may not have done in the past.
    • This book is unlike other self-help books for survivors. Praised for its unique perspective on healing and breaking the cycle of abuse, the book speaks to not only survivors but to society-at-large.
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MANNETTE MORGAN

 

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    • Mannette Morgan is a speaker, author, coach, and survivor. She teaches critical skills and techniques to other survivors with her books, workbook, workshops, retreats, and coaching. Her mission is to stop the cycle of abuse and provide survivors with accessibility to healing. She is sharing her inspiring story, research-based strategies, and free resources survivors can use to heal and thrive. . From the emotional and physical abuse as a child to an abusive marriage, Mannette comes from a place of great understanding. She empowers other abuse survivors to find their voice and thrive as they learn to heal their past.
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    ENDORSEMENTS:

    • “An excellent book which can help not only survivors of abuse, but all women who are feeling like victims. This book has a powerful story with real-time exercises and a workbook that will help walk victims through their healing process and help them become survivors. The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime.”
    • -Library Journal

A girl and a boy must save the world. But that’s not as easy as it seems: They live thousands of miles and a hundred years apart.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

 

The Talismans of Time
Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book 1
by Stephen H. Provost
Genre: YA Academy Fantasy
A girl and a boy must work together to save the world. But that’s not as easy as it seems: They live thousands of miles and a hundred years apart.
Two orphans lost in a magical maze must find their way home, or all is lost. The labyrinth they’ve wandered into, in different years and from different directions, is filled with wonders and mortal dangers. Talking dragons and flying reindeer. An evil sorcerer who can bend time to his will. A tree-man who guards the Black Forest. The captain of an airborne pirate ship with a secret weapon he stole from heaven. Even death itself.
But they have one hope to find their way home and save the world: seven magical artifacts called the Talismans of Time. And they have a secret ally: the headmistress of an Academy for magically gifted students who knows how to travel through time – and who has visited the labyrinth before. Can she help bring these two lost orphans together and repair a fateful flaw in history? The world is depending on them. If they can’t accomplish their mission, the Academy will never even exist in the first place. And the Academy is everything.
Will they succeed? Time will tell. And it’s running out.
Fans of Academy novels, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and The Labyrinth will love this fanciful and thrilling adventure through the Lost Labyrinth. Pick it up today!
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Pathfinder of Destiny 
Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book 2
ACADEMY of the LOST LABYRINTH, Book 2
The thrilling sequel to The TALISMANS of TIME
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“I am not the Pathfinder of Destiny—whatever that means,” Cassidy said.
“It means,” said Gamela, “that the fate of the world depends on you.”
Cassidy hadn’t asked for this. She was a loner. An asthmatic, claustrophobic C-student from Detroit with one real friend and no real talent.
Or so she thought.
But the kindly and mysterious Mrs. Giles knows better. She knows Cassidy has a special gift, and that she needed a special school to develop it.
Now, Cassidy finds herself at the Academy of the Lost Labyrinth, surrounded by other students who can travel through time, walk through dreams, change shapes and manipulate memories. But she feels more alone than ever, because something is going terribly wrong at the Academy, and only she can fix it.
The problem is, she has no idea how.
Fans of Academy novels, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and The Labyrinth will love Book 2 of this fanciful and thrilling adventure through the Lost Labyrinth. Pick it up today!
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Stephen H. Provost writes fantasy adventures and historical nonfiction. A journalist with more than 30 years of experience and a former educator, he has worked as an editor, reporter, and columnist at four daily newspapers in California.
His works of fiction include “The Talismans of Time” and “Pathfinder of Destiny,” the first two entries in the “Academy of the Lost Labyrinth” series; the fantasy novels “Memortality” and its sequel, “Paralucidity”; the young adult science fiction adventure “Identity Break”; the fantasy novella “The Only Dragon”; and the “Twilight Zone”-inspired collection of short stories and dark poetry titled “Nightmare’s Eve.”
The author’s nonfiction works include “Fresno Growing Up” and “Martinsville Memories” (history and nostalgia); “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street” and “Highway 101: The History of El Camino Real (Americana and travel); “A Whole Different League” (sports history); “The Legend of Molly Bolin” (sports biography); “Media Meltdown” (political commentary); “Please Stop Saying That! (humor, commentary); and “Undefeated” (history and inspiration). His extensive survey of ancient history, fable and mythology is contained in his Phoenix series of books.
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Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

 

Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble
by Kelly Brady Channick
Genre: YA Mystery
Asbury, although a haven to shoobies (tourists) in the summer, is a divided coastal town. With the rich half living in the East, and the rest living in the West, most friendships stay within their boundaries. Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept. In fact, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot have been Asbury’s strongest quartet for years, despite their vast differences. Nevertheless, after a few weeks of starting high school, the foursome’s friendship is tested.
After a string of burglaries in East Asbury, the gang decides to solve the crime as a reason to make time for each other. The further they investigate, the more they find themselves constantly side-stepping tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum-like policemen, outsmarting local bully JB and his gang of misfits, and dealing with Cornelious’ billionaire father and Governor—who has disapproved of his son’s choice of friends for years. In addition to these obstacles, the foursome must also adapt to their evolving friendship with each other and their peers.
With upperclassmen, teachers, and teammates vying for their attention, the gang must work even harder to root out the red-herrings from the true thief. Aided by Carly’s gossip, Maddie’s boldness, Cornelious’ quick-wit, and Pilot’s knack for technology, the gang soon discovers its edge over the local police department.
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For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories, and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.
Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…
After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.
Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.
Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.
If you want to know when Kelly’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.kbchannick.com, where you can sign up to receive emails providing updates for new releases, or contact her directly, as well as win fun giveaways, and receive up to date news.
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An inventive, fast-paced tale brimming with chills, thrills, and heart. Perfect for fans of Lockwood & Co.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall
by Susan McCauley
Genre: Middle-Grade, YA Horror
Twelve-year-old Alex may have lost his ability to play sports, but he gained the ability to see ghosts. Now he must figure out how to put an evil spirit to rest—or die trying.
Once an athlete and popular kid, Alex is in a terrible car accident that severely injures his hip and leaves him with a rare power: he can hear and see ghosts. All Alex wants is to be normal. But when a malevolent spirit begins haunting him, Alex must accept his unwanted psychic powers and work with his best friend, his paranormal investigator cousin, and two friendly spirits to solve the mystery of the bones in the wall and put the vicious ghost to rest. If he fails, he’ll lose his family and friends to a gruesome fate.
“An inventive, fast-paced tale brimming with chills, thrills, and heart. Perfect for fans of Lockwood & Co.”— Henry H. Neff, author of The Tapestry series
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Susan McCauley was born and raised on the gulf coast of Texas, not far from Houston. She spent several years in Los Angeles, California acting, writing, and teaching college English. In 2002, she moved to London to further explore professional theater. While in London, her stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose” was performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s George Bernard Shaw Theatre; and, scenes from her play The Prisoner: Princess Elizabeth were performed at HMS Tower of London. She returned to the U.S. in 2005. In 2007, she was the line producer of the Emmy Award nominated Civil War short film Now & Forever Yours: Letters to an Old Soldier. She has had short stories published in several anthologies, and her short story, “The Cask,” was made into an award winning short film.
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Truth, like love, isn’t always obvious

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

 

Between Wild and Ruin
by Jennifer G. Edelson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Truth, like love, isn’t always obvious.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Brooks has never had a boyfriend. After moving to small-town La Luna, New Mexico following her mother’s untimely death, boys aren’t even on her radar. Ruby just wants to forget the last horrible year and blend in. But when she discovers an ancient pueblo ruin in the forest behind her house, and meets Ezra, a bitter recluse whose once-perfect face was destroyed in an accident he won’t talk about; Angel, La Luna’s handsome sheriff’s deputy, and Leo, a stranger who only appears near the ruin, Ruby finds herself teetering between love, mystery, and other worlds. What happened to Ezra’s face? And why is she so attracted to the one boy in town everyone despises? As Ruby unravels her own connections to both Ezra and the pueblo ruin, she’ll learn surfaces are deceiving. Especially in the heart of New Mexico, where spirits and legends aren’t always just campfire stories.
Set against a Northern New Mexico backdrop, Between Wild and Ruin is a young adult coming of age story that captures the wild and whimsical pulse of New Mexico through the eyes of teens Ruby Brooks, Angel Ruiz, and Ezra Lucero. The first book in the Wild and Ruin series, Between Wild and Ruin explores the time-tested credo ‘never judge a book by its cover’ through a paranormal lens, weaving Puebloan and Hispanic folklore and Southwest cultural narratives into tightly written, high-concept fiction ‘brimming with mystery, intrigue,’ and as Kirkus Reviews puts it, an “intriguing historical drama and an over-the top quadrangle romance.”
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Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, trained artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home). Other than writing, Jennifer loves hiking, traveling, Albert Camus, Dr. Seuss, dark chocolate, drinking copious amounts of coffee, exploring mysterious places, and meeting new people—if you’re human (or otherwise), odds are she’ll probably love you.
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A half human, half alien. A violet-eyed shapeshifter. Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing world

Monday, January 27th, 2020

 

Violet Spirit
The Evoxian Legacies #2
by Abbey MacMunn
Genre: Fantasy Romance
A half human, half alien.
A violet-eyed shapeshifter.
Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing world.
Ever since free-spirited Lexie Mills learned she was half human, half alien, her life has been far from ordinary. But living a privileged life in a Cotswold manor with her over-protective family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and not helped by her confusing feelings for her best friend, Drew.
Evoxian shapeshifter, Drew Morgan, longs to tell Lexie he’s her destined soulmate, but until she embraces her alien heritage, he must wait. Trouble is, staying in the friend zone proves harder than he thought.
Tensions sizzle and chemistry sparks between them, but as their friendship blossoms into something magical, Lexie uncovers a heart-breaking truth about Drew and she must make a choice…
Forgive Drew and accept her destiny, or decide her own fate?
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Violet Souls
The Evoxian Legacies #1
While searching for clues to her past, single mother Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth. And she’s one of them. Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the 324-year-old, violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.
Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s. He’s fraught with frustration and desire, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.
At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power. Will Quinn still love Bree when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?
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Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children.
When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies.
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The impossible has become reality! A masked man possesses extraordinary powers, and he’s using those fantastic abilities to fight crime and pursue justice

Friday, January 17th, 2020

 

The Flying Woman
Terrific Book 1
by Daniel Sherrier
Genre: Superhero Fantasy
The impossible has become reality! A masked man possesses extraordinary powers, and he’s using those fantastic abilities to fight crime and pursue justice. Meanwhile, Miranda Thomas expects to fail at the only thing she ever wanted to do: become a famous star of the stage and screen. One night, Miranda encounters a woman who’s more than human. But this powerful woman is dying, fatally wounded by an unknown assailant. Miranda’s next decision propels her life in a new direction—and nothing can prepare her for how she, and the world, will change.
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Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. He is the author of the novel “The Flying Woman.” A College of William & Mary graduate, he has worked for community newspapers, written a few plays that have been performed, and earned his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable.
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