Archive for the ‘Young adult’ Category
Sometimes Genevieve’s random thoughts unintentionally turn into actual spells, causing all kinds of troubleFriday, April 3rd, 2020
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 loyaltyTuesday, March 31st, 2020
Cranky: Fall Into Darkness
Dark Mythological Fantasy, Action
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.
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.
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.
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 familyMonday, March 30th, 2020
YA Urban Fantasy
McCaskey lived by simple rules: kill demons, never use magic against
school bullies, and avoid running her mouth in front of her Grams.
all seemed easy enough to follow.
Rhyzel Connor rolled into her life.
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.
problem is she doesn’t know how trustworthy Rhyzel is.
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.
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.
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.
Of Children and Dragons
A Tale of Heroes, Book 1
By Mark Hansen
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
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
@theherostaletht – The Hero’s Tale
@mrkhmusic – Mark’s Creative Mind
“Guardian of the Sunshine Bride” by Austin Rehl, a look behind the scenes.
Betrothed Duty Versus Unexpected Love –
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
– 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
– 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!
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.
My website is https://www.austinrehl.com
Sissy Collet and her siblings have grown up with neglectful parents, impoverished, and bullied by their small townFriday, March 20th, 2020
To this day, there is no doubt that a large number of bodies remain under the market carpark, but the exact number seems somewhat debatableThursday, 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.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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.
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 –
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.
WHY IT’S A MUST-READ:
- 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
- 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.
- Instagram: @mannettemorganauthor
- Twitter: @mannettemorgan
- Facebook: @mannettemorganauthor
- “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
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 conceptMonday, March 2nd, 2020
An inventive, fast-paced tale brimming with chills, thrills, and heart. Perfect for fans of Lockwood & Co.Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
A half human, half alien. A violet-eyed shapeshifter. Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing worldMonday, January 27th, 2020