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They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist, and their friend, before time runs out

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

 

I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

 

In this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt, a 5000-year-old mystery comes to life. A scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out!
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The snake jerked at the sound of his voice. It glided closer to the stone sarcophagus. Adam lay back on the pile of smelly bones and closed his eyes to half-slits. He looked up at the ceiling where the painted cobra shimmered.
I can’t believe this is happening. I know it’s after me.
The slithering, scraping sound grew louder. Then directly in front of him, just at the edge of the stone sarcophagus, the forked tongue whipping back and forth came into view followed by the loathsome head, which reared up, its hood spread wide. Then the snake opened its monstrous jaws, revealing wicked fangs. A clear drop of deadly poison, glistening like a pearl, trembled on the end of each fang. The reptile made a hideous hissing as it stared into the stone coffin, hunting for its prey, waiting for the tiniest movement that would betray his presence. Adam closed his eyes so he wouldn’t have to look into the snake’s gleaming black orbs.
I’m finished, he thought, sliding his hand into his pocket and feeling the scarab. Somehow, just holding it made him feel calmer.

 

Then Justin called softly, “I know how I can distract it.

 

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Take a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they explore the future of trucking in this new science fiction anthology!

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
18
Wheels of Science Fiction:
A
Long Haul into the Fantastic
Genre:
Science Fiction Anthology
 
with
Stories by
Eric
Miller, editor, John DeChancie, Del Howison, Bond Elam, Lisa Morton,
Paul Carlson, 
Janet Joyce Holden, Michael Bailey, Carla Robinson,
Jeff Seeman, Kate Jonez, Gary Phillips,
 Lucio Rodriguez, Terry
Bisson, Eric Miller, Edward M. Erdelac, Michael Paul Gonzalez, 
Alvaro
Zinos-Amaro, Sean Patrick Traver
 
 
“…Definitely
fun.” –Analog Science Fiction and Fact

 

 

 

Take
a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they
explore the future of trucking in this new science fiction anthology!
There’s something for every genre fiction fan in this follow-up to
the hit “18 wheels of Horror – a Trailer Full of Trucking
Terrors.”

 

 

From the back
cover: An alien fuel additive shows just how fast a big rig can go…
A disembodied driver wages war on self-driving trucks… A haul
through time takes an unexpected turn… Reality shatters for a
trucker using an experimental delivery device… Stargazing gives an
overweight driver a new lease on life… A young girl risks her life
to hitch a ride out of an apocalyptic wasteland…

 

 

The
highways of the universe will never be the same!

 

THE
WRECKERS by JOHN DECHANCIE
The
Wreckers” is a continuation of DeChancie’s highly popular
“Skyways” trucking Science Fiction novel series, in which
legendary driver Jake McGraw (now an AI) and his son Sammy find new
adventures on the mysterious skyway between worlds.
 
SPEED
TRAP by JEFF SEEMAN
In
“Speed Trap,” a chicken hauler’s misfit co-driver buys an
exotic alien fuel additive at a truck stop, and the two find out just
how fast their Big Rig will go.
THIN
ICE by BOND ELAM
In
“Thin Ice,” A trucker running mineral ore on an ice planet gets
caught in a rebellion, and learns a terrible secret about her past
that affects not only hers and her beloved daughter’s lives, but
threatens humanity itself.
 
Q-BITS
by LUCIO RODRIGUEZ
A
trucker’s reality fractures in “Q-Bits” due to an experimental
quantum delivery device, and has to make a choice that could re-unite
him with his son, or take him to a unknown future.
 
I,
TRUCK by GARY PHILLIPS
I,
Truck” features an unemployed trucker who signs up for an
experimental driving program, but a cyber-attack by hackers turns him
into an revenge-fueled ghost in the machine.
 
OVER
FLAT MOUNTAIN by TERRY BISSON
In
the classic SF story “Over Flat Mountain,” which appeared in OMNI
Magazine, a trucker helps out a young hitchhiker as they travel over
the miles-high mountain that an apocalyptic seismic event has thrust
through the heart of America.
 
WHEELS
OF WRATH by JANET JOYCE HOLDEN
In
“Wheels of Wrath,” a breakdown stops the massive train carrying
hundreds of trucks through the blasted wasteland of middle America,
and a group of drivers discover a secret that could change the
world—if it doesn’t get them killed first.
SHOTGUN
SEAT by PAUL CARLSON
In
“Shotgun Seat,” a trucker and his new trainee learn to cope with
the robot drivers that threaten to take over human jobs—and who
also yearn for freedom.
JOB
NO. 34264 by LISA MORTON
Job
#34264” features two truckers who travel back through time to find
water for a droughtriddled future, but encounter a time paradox
threatens to destroy everything they know.
 
ESSENTIAL
OILS by MICHAEL BAILEY
In
“Essential Oils,” a trucker hauling tankers full of essential
oils deep into the Arctic tries to find out what the Canadian
government is doing with the odd cargo.
 
BIG
RIG, BIG RIP by ALVARO ZINOS-AMARO
The
pilot of a long-haul space cargo carrier in “Big Rig, Big Rip”
flies through a hidden wormhole and winds up thousands of light years
from home. Scared and lost, he struggles to find a way back to his
family.
 
A
FLICKER OF BRIGHT LIGHT by DEL HOWISON
A
Flicker of Bright Light,” is about a young girl living in an
apocalyptic wasteland, who risks her life to stow away on a truck
that could carry her to freedom.
 
HIT/RUN
by EDWARD M. ERDELAC
In
“Hit/Run,” a trucker runs from two mysterious men who are chasing
him years after he committed a hit and run accident. But things are
far from what they seem…
 
EVERYTHING
LOOKS SO SMALL by CARLA ROBINSON
An
overweight trucker in “Everything Looks so Small” gets a new
lease on life thanks to the fantastic things he sees while looking at
the stars.
SILENT
PASSENGER by KATE JONEZ
In
“Silent Passenger,” a driver on her last run finds the
experimental technology propelling her truck has somehow brought back
a ghost from her past.
 
INDICA
ASTERION & THE WIZARD OF OZYMANIDAS by SEAN PATRICK TRAVER
In
“Indica Asterion & The Wizard of Ozymandias,” a trucker falls
afoul of a government agent when he tries to smuggle contraband alien
technology, and his fugitive sister in-law works to save him with a
seemingly magical interdimensional artifact.
 
HUMAN,
TRAFFICKING by MICHAEL PAUL GONZALES
Human,
Trafficking” is about a trucker who signs his life—and body-—away
when he goes to work for a high-tech autonomous trucking company.
 
DRIVE
by ERIC MILLER
Drive”
follows the Greatest Driver Alive as he takes a tanker full of
volatile rocket fuel through gang-war torn Los Angeles, and nothing,
not bullets, bombs, or bad luck, will stop him from delivering his
incendiary cargo.
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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
_____________________________________
“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.
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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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This is a dangerous state of affairs as the team wades through humanity’s ruins to seek out the ancient source of the current disaster

Friday, February 28th, 2020

 

Plantation Pan
by Eddie Generous
Genre: Science Fiction
A cosmic horror and science fiction sequel to Arthur Machen’s masterpiece, The Great God Pan.
Centuries after Earth has become uninhabitable, the planet has rejuvenated. The Union, the organization governing the diaspora, sends a team to the mother planet with hopes of resuming life on the homeland.
For months, activity on Plantation Earth has been irregular and The Union has been receiving strange transmissions, until finally, they’ve lost contact altogether.
The Union recruits Lay Watt to be a member of the second team to go the planet’s surface. Lay finds that the close-knit crew considers her an outsider. This is a dangerous state of affairs as the team wades through humanity’s ruins to seek out the ancient source of the current disaster. As they explore, a figure on the periphery of their dreams stalks the edges of their reality and threatens to destroy all they know to be true.
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When an unbalanced serial killer sets his sights on a little girl, there is only one way it can end. Someone will die

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Where
the Bodies Are
The
McAllister Series Book 1
by
L.V. Gaudet
Genre:
Psychological Crime Thriller 
 
Step
into the twisted mind of a serial killer in this disturbing
psychological thriller.

 

 

Dead
bodies are being left where they are sure to be found. But, the
killer made a mistake; one victim left for dead survived.

 

 

Kept
in a medically induced coma while she recovers, they can only watch
her and wait for the killer to come back for her.

 

 

While
Detective Michael Underwood protects their only living witness,
Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth are
determined to find the killer and bring his killing spree to an end.
Instead, they discover a bigger mystery.

 

 

The
killer’s reality blurs between past and present with a compulsion
driven by a dark secret locked in a fractured mind. Overcome by a
blind rage that leaves him wallowing in remorse with the bodies of
victim after victim, he is desperate to stop killing.

 

 

After
learning of his victim’s survival, the killer sees it as a sign
they are meant to be together. Threatening her tenuous grip on life,
he is determined to take back his prize while he continues kidnapping
and murdering young women.

 

 

Accustomed
to a life of abuse, one victim’s experience becomes her refuge in a
desperate bid for survival.

 

 

Instead
of killing her, he keeps Katherine Kingslow imprisoned in the dark
while he continues plotting to take back the Jane Doe in the
hospital. How long can Kathy survive and will she lose her own
mind?

 

 

The
search for the killer will lead to his dark secret buried in the
past, something much larger than a man compelled to kill again and
again.

 

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The
McAllister Farm
The
McAllister Series Book 2
 
Step
back in time to learn the secret behind the bodies in Where the
Bodies Are in this disturbing look at the boy who will grow up to
create the killer.

 

 

1981

 

 

Meet
David McAllister, the boy who will grow up to create the killer.

 

 

In
1981 there was a man who lived on a farm. William McAllister was a
private and reclusive man who, above all else, did not like to have
attention drawn on his family.

 

 

He
wanted only to be left to mind his own business and family and for
the world to do the same. But that very reclusiveness fosters
contempt and suspicion in the people of the small farming community
his family has called home for generations.

 

 

William
McAllister has a son, Jason McAllister. Jason is a troubled boy.
Growing up under his father’s strict rules and isolated from the
normal childhood relationships, he is left to explore his darker
inclinations. Seeing the darker side of Jason, William tries to rein
his son in by bringing him into the family business.

 

 

Just
then a serial killer starts preying on local young women. The
McAllisters quickly find themselves drawn into the spotlight when the
town decides William McAllister is the killer. As the town’s search
for the killer focuses on the McAllister farm and the woods behind
it, the threat to the McAllister secret grows.

 

 

The
McAllister family history is as dark as the secret hiding in the
woods. The attention is a threat to both William McAllister’s
profession and his family. He has no choice but to find the killer
himself. He might not like what he learns.

 

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Hunting
Michael Underwood
The
McAllister Series Book 3
 
Step
deeper into the twisted mind of a serial killer as he slips further
into madness in this disturbing psychological thriller.

 

 

Hunting
Michael Underwood follows on the heels of book one, Where the Bodies
Are, bringing the first two stories and their characters together as
the search for the killer continues.

 

 

Michael
Underwood has vanished and everyone is searching for him. Detective
Jim McNelly is determined to not stop until he finds him. Working
with the detective, Lawrence Hawkworth is still chasing the bigger
story he knows is behind the bodies. Jason McAllister knows he must
stop the killer he created before he goes too far. He may be the only
one who can stop him.

 

 

Unable
to let go of his barely remembered past and the search for his
sister, the killer goes looking for Jason McAllister’s past and his
family.

 

 

*****

 

 

Detective
Jim McNelly is furious. Detective Michael Underwood disappeared
without a trace with the only living witness to the McAllister
murders. Worse, Michael is not who he pretended to be. And then the
other shoe fell.

 

 

Jason
T. McAllister, tried and convicted of the kidnapping and murders of
multiple women and the prime suspect behind the bodies discovered in
the woods behind the McAllister farm, is being inexplicably set free.
He will not spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

 

Jim
is determined to find Michael Underwood, bring him down, and discover
the truth about who he really is and what his connection to Jason
McAllister is.

 

 

Working
with his long time friend, the notoriously unscrupulous investigative
reporter Lawrence Hawkworth, Jim will not stop until he finds Michael
and the answers to the bodies found in the mass graveyard in the
woods behind the McAllister Farm.

 

 

Jason
McAllister knows he must stop the real killer behind the murders he
was convicted for. As the killer spirals further into madness, Jason
is the only one who can stop him. But, he needs help. He is going to
have to talk to his father, William McAllister, the man who taught
him how to hide the bodies.

 

 

Michael
Underwood and Katherine Kingslow are on the run. A victim of domestic
abuse and only known survivor of the McAllister Farm killer, Kathy
has lapsed into Stockholm syndrome. Now she is torn between her need
to be with her captor and fear of his escalating psychotic
episodes.

 

 

Everyone
is hunting for Michael Underwood.

 

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Killing
David McAllister
The
McAllister Series Book 4
 
Everyone
wants to kill David McAllister in this explosive conclusion.

David
McAllister must die.
Crazy
comes to a head in this disturbing psychological thriller.

 

When an
unbalanced serial killer sets his sights on a little girl, there is
only one way it can end. Someone will die.
Sometimes
the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many
names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what he is
looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.
The
organization ordered the cleanup of the entire McAllister family.
The job
was given to Sophie McAllister.
While
Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth
continue to hunt them down, the McAllisters move into hiding.
David
McAllster’s psychosis continues, but now Sophie’s daughter is in
danger. He believes she is his tiny sister Cassie.
The
presence of his now adult sister Cassie does not stop his dead little
Cassie from tormenting him.
***
Sometimes
the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many
names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what
he is looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.
David
McAllister must die.
While
the McAllisters move into hiding, Detective Jim McNelly and his
reporter friend, Lawrence Hawkworth, continue to pursue them. Jim and
Lawrence split up to follow their own leads, routes that will take
them each on their own path to discover secrets behind the
McAllisters.
Anderson
and William are trying to keep the group together and ahead of the
detective hunting them while trying to resolve the issue of what to
do with David, Kathy, Rose Bheals, and the boy Jason brought, Billy.
Kathy
is becoming increasingly fearful both for and of David and wants out,
but feels trapped. She is certain death is the only way out.
Cassie
swore to kill David for what he did to Connie and the others. Torn by
memories she does not have and the knowledge of the dark hole this
life will bury her in, she needs to escape.
Sophie
has been ordered to kill David and Kathy. She may have to kill her
own brother, Jason, too. When the time comes, she’s not sure if she
can do it.
With
Marjory’s lapses into the foggy confusion of Alzheimer’s, nobody
believes her when she really needs them to, when Sophie’s little
girl’s life is at stake.
David
is slipping further into madness and, convinced she is the little
sister he lost so many years ago, he is going to take little Lauren
with him. Having his now adult real sister, Cassie, there is no help.
Will
someone reach David and Lauren in time as the blackness closes in and
rage takes over?
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L.
V. Gaudet is a subjugated cubicle dweller by day and a Canadian
author of dark fiction by night, a member of the Manitoba Writers’
Guild, the Horror Writers Association, and Authors of Manitoba.
L.
V. grew up with a love of the darker side; sneaking down to the
basement at night to watch the old horror B movies, Vincent Price
being a favorite, devouring horror books, and has had a passion for
books and the idea of creating stories and worlds a person can get
lost in since reading that first novel.
This
love of storytelling has L. V. working writing and editing into a
busy life that includes a full time job, family, and doing the little
things to help the writing community including offering encouragement
to others in the online writing community and volunteering time
editing the Manitoba Writers’ Guild newsletter and helping with
their Facebook presence, proofreading for the HWA newsletter, and
visiting schools for I Love to Read month.
L.V.
Gaudet currently lives in Winnipeg with two rescue dogs, spouse, and
kids.
L.V.
Gaudet’s books are available in ebook and print format at online
bookstores.
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The Emperor’s Seal – the divine symbol of the Emperor on earth – is missing. The Empress will do whatever it takes to get it back

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
The
Emperor’s Seal 
Touching
Time Book 1
by
Amanda Roberts
Genre:
Time Travel Romance 
 
The
Emperor’s Seal – the divine symbol of the Emperor on earth – is
missing. The Empress will do whatever it takes to get it back.

 

 

Jiayi
has a gift – she can travel through time just by touching
historical artifacts. More than anything, she wants to escape the
clutches of the Empress and run away to a foreign land. Finding the
Emperor’s Seal could be her only chance at freedom, but is she
willing to risk the wrath of the Empress?

 

 

Historian
and wannabe archaeologist Zhihao has no love for the Empress or the
Qing Dynasty, but when the Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s
Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum, he
cannot refuse. It is only after he accepts the assignment that he
realizes the key to finding the seal lies in the hands of a palace
slave.

 

 

Civil
unrest and encroaching foreign powers threaten Jiayi and Zhihao’s
mission and lives as they hunt for The Emperor’s Seal.

 

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Empress’s Dagger
Touching
Time Book 2
 
As
the Qing Empire continues to crumble, the Empress is more desperate
than ever to find a way to secure her stranglehold on the country.
Every day, she forces Jiayi to use her powers to see into the past to
the time of Empress Wu to discover the secret to securing power.

 

 

But
Jiayi already knows the answer.

 

 

Empress
Wu’s dagger is more than it appears. Blessed with an ancient power,
the dagger can be used to make and destroy empires.

 

 

Jiayi’s
ability to travel through time is growing stronger, and she is not
sure she wants to use that power to prop up a dying empress. There is
only one man she wants to save. The man she lost her heart to. A man
who died over a thousand years ago.

 

 

Zhihao
knows he cannot fall in love with Jiayi, a palace slave. But with
each passing day, his feelings grow stronger.

 

 

When
a ghost from his past walks into his life, Zhihao may have to choose
between his country and the woman he loves.

 

 

Secrets
will be revealed in the second exciting installment of the Touching
Time Trilogy!

 

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The
Slave’s Necklace
Touching
Time Book 3
 
Kill
the Empress, save the world.

 

 

That
is what people from all sides are telling Jiayi. She not only has the
power to kill the empress, but to set up a new future for China.
Jiayi has spent her life as a palace slave. Freedom for China could
mean a lifetime of servitude for her.

 

 

And
Jiayi is tired of living for everyone else.

 

 

As
Jiayi’s powers grow, she finds herself living more and more in the
past, even as the future is barreling toward her.

 

 

Zhihao’s
past is catching up with him, leaving death and heartache in its
wake. Zhihao is going to have to make a choice, but he isn’t sure
he can do it alone.

 

 

Jiayi
and Zhihao stand on the precipice of a new world. But they will only
survive if they can overcome the past and stand together, no matter
how much it hurts.

 

 

Get
lost in time in this thrilling conclusion to the Touching Time
Trilogy!

 

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Amanda
Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since
2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central
Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and
anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to
numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her
home

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A plane crash! Lost in the Mexican jungle! Will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

 A
5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and
Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only
when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and
their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. 



Justin and Adam
embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across
the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an
ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and
mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them.  With
just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to
find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another! 

 This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and
Arthurian stories! 
 
Cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are
hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost
centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered
sword that archeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. 
 
However,
their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to
Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another
deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete.
Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin
and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? 

A plane
crash! Lost in the Mexican jungle! Will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long
enough to find the Third Stone of Power?
With
only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the
dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone
of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and
evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.
 
Of
course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on.
But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible
enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to
revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice.  Will they emerge
alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before
they do?
   
 
 
Snippet From Book 1:
The snake jerked at the sound of his
voice. It glided closer to the stone sarcophagus. Adam lay back on the pile of
smelly bones and closed his eyes to half-slits. He looked up at the ceiling
where the painted cobra shimmered.
I can’t believe this is happening. I
know it’s after me.
The slithering, scraping sound grew
louder. Then directly in front of him, just at the edge of the stone
sarcophagus, the forked tongue whipping back and forth came into view followed
by the loathsome head, which reared up, its hood spread wide. Then the snake
opened its monstrous jaws, revealing wicked fangs. A clear drop of deadly
poison, glistening like a pearl, trembled on the end of each fang. The reptile
made a hideous hissing as it stared into the stone coffin, hunting for its
prey, waiting for the tiniest movement that would betray his presence. Adam
closed his eyes so he wouldn’t have to look into the snake’s gleaming black
orbs.
I’m finished, he thought, sliding his hand into his
pocket and feeling the scarab. Somehow, just holding it made him feel calmer.
Then Justin called softly, “I know
how I can distract it.

 

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Cheryl Holloway author spotlight

Friday, May 31st, 2019

June’s Double Rainbow

Escape to Paris with this heartwarming, feel good romance to read in one sitting!

When love and monogamy fail…Her fiancé breaks off the engagement.

 

At first, June is stunned, but then, she is determined to move on to better things…like an unplanned trip to Paris for her job—where she falls deeply in love with a man from another part of the world. He wines and dines June; sweeps her off her feet; and ultimately, wins her heart. Their short romance echoes an endearing love. When she returns to the US, he calls her faithfully every day. Then suddenly, no call…

Can their love survive on different continents?

“An engaging story with beautiful imagery!”

In this heartwarming romance, June learns to embrace each challenge and wait for a transformation in her life.

This beautifully written romance is complete escapism. Each of the characters has been well developed, considering the length of the story, and the dialogue revealed a great deal about their personalities. ~ Lesley Jones for READERS FAVORITE

A Quick Romantic Read…This is a nice story for someone looking for love. Everything happens for a reason. Love comes when you least expect it. ~G. Littlejohn for Philadelphia Publishing House
Readers, this is a quick read; yet, an epic romance. If you’re a fan of Debbie Macomber, you’ll soon be a fan of Cheryl Holloway!

Since this book is free, you don’t have a reason for not reading it…and writing a review on Amazon. Scroll up and get your copy, today!

The link:

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The author:

 

About Cheryl Holloway

CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government. You can visit her blog at www.CherylHolloway.net/blog You can email her at authorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or check her website www.CherylHolloway.net for news, tours, book signings, awards, new books or a book party in your area.

She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. Cheryl is an avid reader and dedicated writer. She won her first writing contest at 15 years old with a State Crime Prevention Essay in Indiana. She began writing feature articles and later became a sportswriter and Editor. This author and book lover also enjoys traveling to any place with a beach. She was born in Chicago and raised in Indiana. She currently lives in southern Maryland and northern California with her family, where she is hard at work on three other book projects that are works in progress.

Cheryl Holloway has a writer’s blog where she pays-it-forward to other authors. Cheryl Holloway added, “I firmly believe that Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves.”

The hairs on his arms rose as he heard the howl again

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

 

 

I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.
A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds! This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and Arthurian stories! 
 
Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. 
 
However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. 
 
Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them? Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. 
 
As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped. 
 
Book extras include some historical background on King Arthur, the Dark Ages, warfare and weaponry during Arthur’s time, and details on Excalibur. A fascinating peek into the life and times of the real King Arthur, perfect for young time travelers and budding archaeologists. For coloring-in enthusiasts, ten original black and white illustrations including 2 maps make for more enjoyment!

 

 

Snippet:
He heard a faint howling noise in the distance. Wolves? Adam froze with fear. He desperately tried to remember whether there had still been wolves in England during the Dark Ages. There must have been because there was no other sound quite like the howl of a wolf. The hairs on his arms rose as he heard the howl again. Although he pinched himself to wake up, it was no good; he remained in the dream. At the sound of distant hoof beats, he almost ducked behind a large tree trunk. There was no time to hide because suddenly the drumming hooves were all around him. Then came the faint melancholy wail of a battle horn, and the tinny sound of chinking metal. He could hear the crisp snap-snap of fluttering pennants, and when he turned, he glimpsed banners waving among the trees. The surge of spectral riders halted and one man, seated on a white horse, appeared at the head of the cavalcade.
The eerie figure came closer, the horse lifting its feet carefully, clip-clopping right up to the trembling boy. The horse was huge, its trappings gleaming with pinpoints of metal rosettes, its long tail and mane hanging like ghostly cobwebs in the pale moonlight. The beast snorted and stamped restlessly. Adam saw the burnished glint of a helmet with a dragon-shaped crest topped by a red plume. Although the cheek pieces of the helmet obscured the man’s features, the shadowy figure was looking right at him. A red cloak swirled around the warrior’s body and, as the fabric swung aside, Adam saw the gleam of chain mail and the dark shape of a breastplate on the man’s chest. The warrior’s armor seemed more Roman than he expected. A banner flapped from the spear of a man behind the warrior: a red dragon on a white background. The warrior raised one arm, and a roar erupted as the sounds of cheering burst from what seemed to be thousands of throats. Although Adam heard strange words in another language, somehow, he understood what the voices said.

 

 

 

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It’s not long before her suspicions begin to overwhelm her as she becomes ensnared in the secrets and lies of her new family

Monday, July 16th, 2018
The
Mother-in-Law
by
Judy Moore
Genre:
Suspense, Thriller
 
After
a whirlwind romance, a young woman from California makes a rash
decision and marries a handsome Floridian after knowing him for only
one month. 

 

She
gives up everything she knows to move cross countrv to live with her
new husband, a widower, and his five-year-old son. 

 

Everything
seems idyllic until they arrive at her husband’s oceanfront home, and
she meets her mother-in-law. There’s something strange about the
woman and the mother/son relationship.

 

It’s
not long before her suspicions begin to overwhelm her as she becomes
ensnared in the secrets and lies of her new family.

 

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Judy
Moore writes mystery novels and thrillers, as well as lighter family
fiction. She is a longtime news writer, editor, and magazine feature
writer, and has a master’s degree in journalism. Her fiction and
nonfiction work has been published in numerous national publications,
and her novels are published by BTGN publishers. Her most recent
thriller, The Mother-in-Law, is a favorite with Amazon readers. A
lifelong Florida resident, she is a former tennis pro and sports
writer, so her stories sometimes have a sports backdrop.
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The Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
The
Emperor’s Seal
Touching
Time Book 1
by
Amanda Roberts
Genre:
Paranormal Fantasy Mystery
 
Peking,
1902

 

 

The
Emperor’s Seal – the divine symbol of the Emperor on earth – is
missing. The Empress will do whatever it takes to get it
back.

 

 

Jiayi
has a gift – she can travel through time just by touching
historical artifacts. More than anything, she wants to escape the
clutches of the Empress and run away to a foreign land. Finding the
Emperor’s Seal could be her only chance at freedom, but is she
willing to risk the wrath of the Empress?

 

 

Historian
and wannabe archaeologist Zhihao has no love for the Empress or the
Qing Dynasty, but when the Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s
Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum, he
cannot refuse. It is only after he accepts the assignment that he
realizes the key to finding the seal lies in the hands of a palace
slave.

 

 

Civil
unrest and encroaching foreign powers threaten Jiayi and Zhihao’s
mission and lives as they hunt for The Emperor’s Seal.

 

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Amanda
Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since
2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central
Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and
anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to
numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her
home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

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ANWA Conference Report on Linda Mullineaux’s class by Author Betsy Love: http://ning.it/AvQuXZ

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Today we have Betsy love as our guest. Welcome to my blog…

The Critical Skill of Self Editing-Focusing on what agents and editors really care about.

Even though I’m published, I have so much to learn, and attending Linda’s class was informative and fun. Here is what her class was all about:

First of all, Linda says, “Take time writing your book; make it as perfect as you can.” She says it’s important to know your target audience, know your word count, and know what your publisher/agent accepts. (more…)

Five things to do when approaching an agent

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The five things you need to know before you send your manuscript to an agent are:

1-    Don’t send all your manuscript at once. Certainly never send your only copy.

2-   Make sure you read and follow their guidelines.

3-   Make your query letter (more…)