brother spends every clear night pointing a telescope at the same
stars. When she confronts him, he lets her look through the
telescope. A small sliver speck changes course, slows, and merges
with a larger silvery spot.Â
In that brief moment, her
life changes. Her brother spies on space aliens! Soon she learns the
aliens have a settlement in the Kenned Valley, and that her boyfriend
monitors their communications.
What do they want, and can her world survive?
before he has to give up and go home broke, Captain Seddry finds the
perfect world. It is rich in ore, has a breathable atmosphere, and it
even has a reasonable climate â€” an ideal place for a new Langon
colony. The fuzzy natives won’t be a problem. They don’t have any
large weapons or even airplanes, making them too primitive to ever
find the mining colony hidden away in an isolated valley. Or so he
live in California with my husband, and raise baby squirrels for a
wildlife care center. I could go into detail about my background and
education, but that is rather boring. Let me say that I am quiet,
love the outdoors, and never have enough time to do all the things I
want to do.
Â Nana and the â€œcâ€ is a book for all ages and all cultures as it is about family and the ability to support a loved one through the challenges of cancer. It is told from a seven-year-oldâ€™s perspective as she gathers the courage to face her grandmotherâ€™s illness and learns that her irritating younger sister is perhaps smarter than she seems. Together they also learn how to conquer their biggest fear and replace worry with wonder.Â The story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope. It will make readers of all ages laugh, cry, and remember their own childhood and the relationships and events that influenced who they have become. The goal of this story is to help children through health crises in their family. The illustrator, editor and designer donated their time to help with the project in order to make possible the donation of copies of the book to waiting rooms of cancer clinics.
Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water.Â
After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friendsâ€”culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the â€œcâ€.
Meet the Illustrator:
Wenhai Ma – American–Chinese scene designer, illustrator and educator. He was granted tenured professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, China and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has taught at Duke University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Purdue University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, China and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is the author of Scene Design Rendering and Media (Focus Publishing, USA) and illustrator for 10 children’s picture books in the US. He has designed sets and costumes for various dramas, operas and musicals in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. His first novel Such An Enchanted Night was published in Taiwan, 2017.
as a childhood game, Poohsticks Bridge tells the sweet story of a
friendship between two children that, through the years, blossoms
into adult love with an unbreakable bond and faith in one another.
John and Melissa are tested throughout their lives by hardships,
pain, and separation, yet their love and determination to live life
together to its fullest never falters. In todayâ€™s culture of having
everything, this couple shows us how a few, simple things can lead to
a satisfying and fulfilling life.Â
in the extreme, youâ€™ll want to keep the tissues nearby. These two
will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love â€¦ with life and with
write under the name â€œThe Birch Twins.â€ Helen, my twin, didnâ€™t
live to see life, and so I write for her. Iâ€™m a full time poverty
stricken doll artist who took to writing as I seemed to spend more
time writing out little back stories for the characters I created. My
first book The Life of LOL was written in five weeks, and was about
gangsters, grifters and drifters. Lots of cartoon slapstick violence
mixed with a serious message.
Poohsticks Bridge, the
new novel, shows my twinâ€™s voice at is strongest as it tells the
story of a little boy who begins to grow up lonely and alone, until
he meets a little girl. Itâ€™s a glimpse of a life that Helen and I
could have had together. She writes through me, I can feel her
presence and hear her voice. Her tone is often wistful, low on
movement, mature and often quiet, while I am brash and loud and full
of silly car chases and boyhood dreams of rockets to the moon. We
have the perfect writing partnership.
Judgement is the second installment in a brand new Fantasy series by
Ashlie Harris. The first book, which bears the same name as the
series itself, is entitled The Witches of Andar and was released
January 1st, 2018.Â
this sequel to TWoA, Justine and her friends, Alice and Malinda, are
once again fighting back against the evil Duke Ebrius. Evading and
outwitting him at every turn, the witches team up with some very
colorful characters along the way. Thereâ€™s Jaicor, Malindaâ€™s
cousin and helpful aid to the witches in the early part of their
journey. Jaicorâ€™s wife, Marcine, is a delight, as well. Their witty
banter is a heart-warming sight to the three travel-weary
the group encounters, Jaicorâ€™s markethand, Olendian, and continues
on to meet Malindaâ€™s other cousin, Jaicorâ€™s sister, Lady Luleth.
Lady Lulethâ€™s husband, Lord Kelton and Jehren, a member of their
staff decide to help Malinda, Alice, and Justine when they come to
Crippen Manor looking for allies. While devising a plan to defeat the
Duke, Justine befriends a guest staying at the Manor. She is Eleyna,
a mysterious and beautiful woman who quickly becomes a close
confidant and ally. Though Justine and Eleyna form a fast bond,
Eleynaâ€™s motives may not be as pure as she portends. Uncovering
secret pasts and unrecognized ancestries, not a soul will be left
unchanged by the events about to take place. In the end, the witches
and their friends will work together to bring down the greatest evil
to ever threaten the land of Andar!
trio of An-Kishar witches has unwittingly become involved in a royal
coup. After saving the murdered king’s son, the foursome takes
shelter with a traveling theater troupe, hoping to stay in hiding
until the Prince is able to reclaim his throne.
alongside Malinda, Alice, and Justine to rid the kingdom of the dark
magic that threatens to run rampant. Venture into the Hanging Ferns
Forest, travel with the Thespian Connection, and help unravel the
mysteries that lie within the realm of Andar!
You can’t slap a Prince!” -Justine; The Witches of Andar- Book 1
Harris is 30 years old and a Stay-at-Home mother of four homeschooled
children. She and her husband live in the heart of the Midwest, USA,
in a place Ashlie likes to call, “The Land of Corn and Beans”.
She has lived there all her life but may plan to move North in the
near future. A unique childhood and a passion for the written word
have served as motivation and inspiration throughout the years.
Always the writer, Ashlie can often be found asking inappropriate
questions, staring at seemingly nothing for hours on end, and
generally being completely socially awkward. Her biggest wish is for
people to look past their differences and start treating each other
as the one, single race we are- HUMAN.
addition to The Witches of Andar series (Book 1-Released Jan. 1st,
2018.), Ashlie is also the author of two anthologies- Extra Life &
Circles of the Soul- and one flash-fiction horror story, Midnight
has been one hundred and fifty years since the end of the Thrall
Wars, when the four dread Thrall Masters rained destruction down on
the land of Thac. The world has been relatively quiet since, but dark
things have started to rise around the little town of
town’s only hope lay in four newcomers: a fearless young warrior with
blades of fire, an elven wizard as deadly to his friends as his
enemies, a cynical halfling who might be an assassin, and a quiet
gnome whose very touch can heal. Together they set out to face the
creatures of darkness. Yet they soon find they are facing more than
just a few rogue monsters, for a greater force lurks behind them
eerie woods to underground caves to haunted ruins, they encounter
terrifying monsters, creatures of the night, and demonic sorcery. Can
the young heroes stand against the forces of darkness, or will they
too fall prey to the evil that threatens to destroy Ravenford?
Spirit has always loved fantasy. From the moment he received his very
first copy of Lord of the Rings back in high school, he was hooked.
Today, somewhere between work and family, F. P. manages to write
sword and sorcery fantasy fiction.Â
novels, Ruins on Stone Hill, Serpent Cult, Dark Monolith, and Princess
of Lanfor are the first four books in the series Heroes of Ravenford.
The series chronicles the adventures of a band of young heroes in the
dangerous world of Thac. F.P. is currently working on the fifth book
in the Heroes of Ravenford series, The Baron’s Heart, to be released
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heartâ€”a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregonâ€™s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.Â
Laurieâ€™s womenâ€™s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.Â
Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilightâ€™s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawnâ€™s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).
She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and sheâ€™s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.
Matthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying, which is why heâ€™s about to propose to a total stranger. He isnâ€™t interested in love. He needs a caregiver, a companion, and someone to be his legal voice when he can no longer speak for himself.
Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by Matt Graykenâ€™s tender request, but when their friendly marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Mattâ€™s death and prays for a miracle instead.
Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Mattâ€™s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle, and her determination to save him causes her to betray the fundamental promise she made him–to help him die peaceably.
Their last hope at saving Matt’s life will require a sacrifice from each of them, and force them to decide how far out on a limb they’re willing to go for love.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â “Mikaela swallowed hard, and leaned forward. â€œSo why marry me? Why not just hire me?â€
â€œBecause I donâ€™t want to be the pitiful soul with only an attorney, billing hourly, as his voice. I want a wife with the legal power to speak for me when I canâ€™t speak for myself and the personal connection no one else will challenge.â€
â€œLike your parents when they come to take control of your care.â€
â€œAs well-intentioned as theyâ€™d be, yes. And I trust you.â€
â€œYouâ€™d be pitting me against them.â€ She leaned back, but he was impressed that she wasnâ€™t discounting everything he had said. â€œNo. I would make my wishes clear. You would just enforce them when I no longer can.â€ He leaned farther forward, to close the distance between them, and looked straight into her eyes. â€œI know youâ€™re alone, and I know moneyâ€™s an issue. I can fix that. I have a lovely home that will be yours when Iâ€™m gone. And Iâ€™ll pay off your debts and provide tuition to medical school. Youâ€™ll be a doctor, Mikaela.â€
Summers was quite content with her life. A peaceful farm tucked in a
wooded area by the lake with her pets for company. A shop in the
small tourist town where she sells a potpourri of items that reflect
everything about her. She’s at peace. She’s Wiccan.
Farmer is the local sheriff. Small town boy who went to the big city
and joined the police force. Then he came home where he belonged. He
is deeply rooted in his Native American heritage.
had grown up knowing that there was more to the world that could be
explained or seen. But neither of them knew that their peaceful lives
could be disrupted in an instant by a legend long buried. A tale that
had been told to them by Logan’s grandmother when they were young
along with a warning that the ancient legend could replay during
was it really an ancient paranormal evil come to roost or were the
recent events merely the doings of a warped human mind? Or had the
human’s events shaped the return of the evil?
Summers has a secret that she thought she had tucked away forever.
That is, until she was summoned to her home town of Lakewood to help
with banishing an ancient evil that had come to pay a visit to the
sleepy town. Then, she was faced with another woman whose secret
wasn’t so secret anymore.
Brock knew he had to help his friend, Logan Farmer. Logan had helped
him out too many times to turn his back and say no. However, he
didn’t realize that he would be called upon to pull out his law
license to defend a poor woman who had killed and mutilated her
husband on Halloween night. And he sure never expected to have to
deal with spoiled Teagan Summers as part of it.
and Teagan join forces as they work valiantly to not only defend a
murderess, but to help Teagan’s sisters and Logan Farmer as they
battle an unseen evil that threatens to destroy the small town of
Lakewood. And as they work together, they also form a tentative truce
that they both know could lead to more.
Summers had spent most of her adult life trying to find herself. The
youngest of the three Summer Sisters, she just couldn’t resist sowing
her wild oats and she had done it across the country. When her
sister, Alana, had summoned her to come home to Lakeview because she
was needed to do her part to hunt down and destroy an evil entity
which had been playing havoc on her hometown, she did so with the
intention of returning to her stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas. She
had no idea her brief trip home would turn to months and that she
would end up finding out who she really was. Or that she would find
herself face to face with a man who could get her to want to settle
Michaels had been born and raised to be a farmer. It was what he did
best. So, when the opportunity to be the foreman at a farm near a
place called Lakeview, he had jumped at the chance. What he hadn’t
planned on was getting sucked into a paranormal nightmare. Things he
couldn’t even begin to fathom. Including finding himself deeply
attracted to a woman who could create magic with the tips of her
the conclusion of the Summer Sisters trilogy comes to an end, will
they be able to destroy the force that had unearthed itself from its
deep dark grave to destroy them?
Keefer is an indie romance author with an avid love of books. She
started writing poetry in high school and after encouragement from a
dear friend, wrote her first full length romance novel in 2007.
Coming Home was finally released as a self-published book in
holds an MBA in Human Resources and attended law school for two
years. She lives in rural Indiana with a menagerie of animals and
enjoys the peace of working in the garden and yard of her home. She
has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys
crafting, cooking, reading, and studying spirituality in her spare
time when she’s not writing or working at her day job.
Her household includes a spoiled dog, three cats, two goats and a
stubborn miniature horse.Â
Breuer is a supply officer and nothing else. Until a request to
report to the security office on Space Station Joplin reveals her
real identity. Demands from her large family change her life and drop
her in the hands of John Vellum a professional protector. Her other
life taught her to trust no one â€“ ever.Â
military, John Vellum is a Protector. He protects the elite. The
elite can be difficult but John knows a firm hand will keep his
clients safe but Mel is not what he expects.
danger to her life is real and imminent. While trying to keep her
safe, he learns she is spunky, vulnerable, and sexy. Amidst
kidnapping attempts and other threats, Johnâ€™s desire leads to
something deeper if he can only get her to trust him.
poetry to novel, I enjoy telling a good story or expressing a
heartfelt emotion. I’ve been published in Circle Magazine, The
American Tarot Association’s Quarterly Journal, What’s Cooking
America, Children, Churches and Daddies, placed second in Words of
Women 2010 Writing Contest, 2012 Daily Flash, and The Deadman’s Tome.
I have a bachelor’s degree in business and a second bachelor’s degree
in English Professional Writing and Book Editing. On the side, I have
a small editing business. In addition to my work, I love to read,
crochet, crafting, research genealogy, and spend time with family. I
have three adult daughters and have been married to my husband for
over 30 years. I’m the proud grandma of three fur babies – my
I am a childrenâ€™s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an authorâ€”a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought Iâ€™d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenirâ€¦. 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!
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 canâ€™t believe
this is happening. I know itâ€™s after me.
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 wouldnâ€™t have to look into the snakeâ€™s gleaming blackÂ orbs.
Iâ€™m finished, he thought,
sliding his hand into his pocket and feeling the scarab. Somehow, just holding
it made him feel calmer.
called softly, â€œI know how I can distract it.
Stephen R. Watts was born and raised at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah, where he developed a love for stories at a very young age. Having spent his adolescence creating alternate worlds where he could escape the hardships of mental illness, Stephen wanted nothing more than to grow up and write his own epic tales capable of entertaining readers in ways that reminds them of their untold worth. Stephenâ€™s debut novel was a fourteen-year labor of love, and when he isnâ€™t studying story craft he can be found traveling the world or spending quality time with his family in Salt Lake City.
When sixteen-year-old Harius is chosen to guard a mystic key and sword, heâ€™s sure thereâ€™s been some mistake. Protecting the divine relics requires the celestial flame, a power that only mystic warriors can wield. And while Harius is training to become such a warrior, heâ€™s lacked the faith needed to access the flame ever since his motherâ€™s tragic death.
Despite his doubts, Harius accepts the calling at a time when evil forces threaten to destabilize his world. As the son of his nationâ€™s most controversial leader, Harius soon becomes a delegate to a foreign land filled with technological marvels capable of saving his ancient race of winged men. Acquiring the necessary tech wonâ€™t be easy, though, as the king of this land wonâ€™t share it unless Harius uses the celestial flame to rescue the royal family from a foe out to conquer the realm.
With so much resting on his fragile faith, Harius fears he will ultimately fail. Yet, amid all the danger he will learn that the relics he guards hold the secret to not only restoring his faith, but to revealing his untold destiny.
Harius thought back on the countless hours of study and physical conditioning he had endured since he had been inducted into the Zehnarch Order, and the realization that all that effort may very well have been in vain began to make him feel as small and fragile as he had felt on the day the war had taken everything from him.
Adam Gowans is the youngest of five Air Force brats, out of which his siblings have voted him the weirdest. He loves anything that deals with stories, including movies, novels, television dramas, music, video games, manga/manhwa, and webtoons.
In his mid-twenties, he lived and taught English in South Korea for four years before returning to the States to live, like many LDS authors, in Utah.
His first novel is On Angelic Wings, which has a planned sequel, but the sequel will be released after two other novels that are calling for his attention.
Ever since magic caused his mother’s death, Ha-Neul, crown prince of Balhae, hates witches and the magic they wield. He has instituted harsh laws against all magic users.
Lisa is a young witch working undercover as a servant in his palace, hoping to gain freedom for her people. The last thing the two expect is to fall in love. But when Ha-Neul learns that Lisa is not only a witch, but the daughter of the Prince of Vires, land of witches, he banishes her. Distracted by heartbreak, he is caught off-guard by a military coup.
In hiding and on the run, Ha-Neul swallows his pride and travels with his siblings to Vires, planning to beg Lisa’s aid, only to learn that she has mysteriously vanished.
Now his only hope in reclaiming his kingdom and reuniting with Lisa lies in the remote Northern Mountains, a country no one has ever penetrated and rumored home of a powerful magic source. There, Ha-Neul learns that a being powerful beyond comprehension has been carefully guiding his destiny. But if Ha-Neul can’t let go of his hatred of all things magic, and accept the new path offered to him, it will mean the destruction of his entire world.
He suppressed a shudder when her demeanor worsened. â€œI wasnâ€™t entirely sure for the past couple of weeks, but now Iâ€™m convinced. You hate me,â€ he searched her face, looking deep into her eyes.
Lisa laughed, but it held no warmth, no amusement. â€œYes, it is difficult for me to conceal it when you are in front of me.â€
â€œWhy?â€ His voice was a little soft, and his chest felt cold.
â€œBecause youâ€™re a monster.â€ Lisa spoke in Haeche.
He never believed he could see her countenance sour as much as it did at that moment. She no longer hid the extent of her hate for him, and it terrified him. The degree of it went past loathing and abhorrence. She held him in complete execration.
Kaci Morgan is the author of The Queen Immortal Series. She found her passion for writing later in life, but for the last eight years she has worked on honing the craft to the best of her ability by attending local classes, seminars, and reading books about the craft and in the genre.Â
As a wife and mother, she feels that writing has helped her to find a sense of purpose, and to understand that hard work and determination are the keys to unlocking our dreams.
Secrets can be agents of destruction, Queen Beza learns after three-hundred years of ruling. Unable to produce an heir, and on the hunt for a sibling who should have never been born, Beza struggles to understand what the Gods and Goddesses have planned for her. Unable to come to terms with past discretions, she pushes away what might be her last chance at love, focusing only on the murder and betrayal going on all around her.
Immortal as Beza might be, she soon finds her life, and queendom crumbling underneath the burden of a brother, so named the lost king, who holds more legitimacy to the throne than she herself. Can she find him before his shadow becomes her devastation?
â€œI do not mean to disregard you as queen,â€ Samia
said. â€œBut there is a hidden universe amongst all of us that lies in our
unconscious minds. We all have secrets, my queen, and this world would be veryÂ different if we all chose to steal them from each other.â€
Beza thought about this for a moment. Her secrets
would indeed change the world if they were revealed. She might be
step down as queen. They might even try to kill her, but would
to figure out how? She was certain they could if they tried enough
if they got hold of the forbidden page inÂ The Book of Queens.Â
I would love to have an ebook giveaway and an Audible audiobook giveaway. We will pick from all who leave a comment and their email.
Who is Author Linda Weaver Clarke?
I was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and live in Color Country in southern Utah. I am the author of 23 books. I have several genres that I write inâ€”a Historical Romance series: Bear Lake Family Saga, a Mystery Suspense series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, a Cozy Mystery series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, and a Period/Adventure Romance: The Rebel Series. I am also a missionary at the Family Search Center. I help people find their ancestors and learn about their heritage.
What draws readers to this historical romance series: Bear Lake Family Saga?
This series has strong female characters who have a destiny to fulfill. Each woman wants to make a difference in someoneâ€™s life. No matter the trial that comes her way, she is ready to fight for what she believes. I love the male characters. Even though they are strong and masculine, they have their tender moments that can melt your heart. Bear Lake Family Saga has plenty of adventure along with a tender love story.
What was the inspiration for this series?
My ancestors were my inspiration. I was writing their histories so my children would learn to appreciate their heritage. Their stories were intriguing and full of adventure. When I was done, I decided to write a historical romance series and give these true experiences to my fictional characters.
Give us a brief description of each story in this series?
Melinda and the Wild West(Book 1): Melinda is a schoolteacher. She has many challenges but itâ€™s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least preparedâ€”love.
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger(Book 2): Edith is a nurse. When a mysterious stranger starts writing to Edith, she gets to know a man’s inner soul before making any harsh judgments. Whoever he is, this man is a mystery but is he as wonderful in person as he is in his letters?
Jennyâ€™s Dream(Book 3): Jenny is an aspiring author. She has a dream to fulfill, but the only thing standing in her way is an unpleasant memory, which has haunted her since childhood. She must learn to forgive before she can follow her dream.
Sarahâ€™s Special Gift(Book 4): Sarah is a beautiful and successful dance teacher but she is not an average young woman. Sarah is deaf, but this does not stop her from living life to its fullest. And it does not stop her from falling in love with a man who needs her help.
Elena, Woman of Courage(Book 5): The Roaring Twenties was a time of great change, when women raised their hemlines and bobbed their hair. As Elena fights to prove herself as the townâ€™s first female doctor, the townâ€™s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.
Are your books in audiobook form?
Yes. I have a narrator who is narrating them for Audible. I have one narrator for Melinda and the Wild West, and then changed to a different narrator for the next four. Carolyn Kashner actually sings in Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, and she has such a lovely voice.
Who is the most intriguing character in this series?
I love all my female characters, but I feel that Elena from Elena Woman of Courage is the most interesting. She has to endure a lot of prejudice from the town bullywho feels that women doctors have no right to practice medicine. But that isnâ€™t all. This story takes place during the roaring twenties, and Elena has decided to be a part of this new generation by bobbing her hair and raising her hemlines.That takes a lot of courage.Of course, the townâ€™s most eligible bachelor finds her most intriguing. He actually admires her tenacity. I admire Elena, as well.
(For history buffs: Bobbed haircausedalotofcommotion.A teacherinJerseyCitywas orderedtogrowher hairbackbytheschoolboardorshe wouldbefired.Womenwith bobbedhairwerefiredfrom prestigiousdepartmentstoreswithoutanywarning.Apreacherpoundedthepulpit,sayingthataâ€œbobbedwomanwasadisgracedwoman.â€The raising of hemlines had its problems, as well.)
They developed a new vocabulary during the roaring twenties. What were some of the words you discovered while writing this story?
This was the fun part of writing Elena Woman of Courage. During this time period, they spoke a language foreign to their parents. Â Here are some examples.
If you were excited about something, you say: Catâ€™s pajamas!
If you didnâ€™t agree with someone, you say: Ah, horsefeathers!
If you were a feisty woman, you were referred to as: a bearcat.
If you were an attractive woman, you were referred to as: a doll.
Women were also referred to as: a tomato.
When John wanted to â€œspoonâ€ with Elena, she said: The bankâ€™s closed.
A womanâ€™s body was referred to as a chassisand her legs were gams.
Trials have concluded. Coronation has elected a new apprentice to
Guardian of the Core. Since, Zain Berrese, Prince Hydro Paen, and
Eirek Mourse have gone their separate paths, thinking each other a
distant memory. But, it seems that fate has other plans. As the three
travel their paths, they find that their lives are not so separate
after all. The persons who they thought they were at the end of the
Trials are now tested even more as the suns draw closer to their
convergence. To an event known to bring only bad luck, sorrow, and
pain. To an event that occurs every 150 0years. To an event known as
look to the sky in superstition, others look to the sky in fear, and
yet, some look to the sky in contemplation. For in the weeks and days
before the suns converge, plots perspire, deities die, and families
are fractured as no one is safe from their harsh and heinous gaze. .
Edwyrd Eska approaches his two-hundredth year as Guardian of the
Core, he must find an apprentice to train under him. His title and
role compel him to safeguard and govern his universe, Gladonus, as
each Guardian before him has done and those after him shall continue
to do until relieved of such duties by will of the Ancients. Prince
Hydro Paen, Eirek Mourse, and Zain Berreseâ€”amongst other
contestantsâ€”receive invitations to compete in a quest of Trials
intended to determine who will become Eskaâ€™s apprentice. An old
adage goes: â€œThe toughest trials test you truestâ€ â€“ and these
events challenge their fortitude through tenuous partnerships,
intellectual rivalries, and battles of weaponsâ€™ mastery. Along the
way, each contestant must attempt to overcome personal demons that
haunt them. In this tale of ideal dreams and lucid aspirations, these
competitors find theirs threatened by deceit, betrayal, sabotageâ€”and
even fleshâ€”as all become vital to successâ€¦
Thies graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a
Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Creative Writing and
Advertising. After a year in the marketing and sales field he
realized that it wasnâ€™t his calling, so he went back to the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for his second bachelorâ€™s
degree, this time in English Education. Now, he is
a wanderlust traveler and global English Educator. Shortly after
receiving his English Education certificate and his TEFL certificate,
he spent one year living in Santiago, Chile interacting with the
people and the culture there. Currently he is 28 and living in China,
on the other side of the world, still interacting with the locals,
still adopting their culture, but more importantly, still writing. It
is these experiences that fuel the imagination of his mind.
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College student Kay Morowa goes up against warlords, poachers and human traffickers in The Phoenix Rising â€“ Destiny Calls.
After Kayâ€™s parents reveal that they havenâ€™t been honest with her about her past, Kay flies to South Africa feeling bitter and anxious. Her excitement on arrival is cut short when she becomes a victim of a human trafficking ring operated by a large-scale poaching operation.
Kay flees and finds her way to a dazzling refuge called Ipharadisi. There, she meets the majestic, menacing Queen Zaina and a handsome doctor named Erec.
Although impressed by Ipharadisiâ€™s beauty and noble reason for existence, Kayâ€™s sole desire is to return home to her college beau (whom she has much unsettled business with) and to her mom and dad, whom Kay never thought she could miss so much.
If Kay can survive the hand-to-hand combat sheâ€™ll need to learn to survive, she may just become the kind of peace-seeking hero her classmates would never believe. However, Kay may never get to tell the story if she canâ€™t find her way home, or if she is forced to stay, or worse, if in doing either, Kay dies.
The Phoenix Rising – Destiny Calls was inspired by global events. Please support organizations like Restore International (Love Does),
UNICEF and Wildlife Conservation Society.
New York native Phenice Arielle (featured on the book cover) majored in journalism at The Pennsylvania State University. Her favorite memories are those of traveling solo through South Africa and Namibia.
Having worked in both print and broadcast media, Phenice Arielle wrote, directed and produced a series of cinematic trailers for The Phoenix Rising â€“ Destiny Calls to give fans a taste of future plans for the book and rest of the series.
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Kloe and Gavin have decided to see the world and first stop is Paris, France. As they start their journey they find other vampires and werewolves are not as accepting of their relationship as their family was.
As a pack of wolves follows them around the city until they inadvertently cross paths. Both being suspicious of each other they finally find a way to break the ice. Although the Paris wolf pack isnâ€™t totally convinced what Kloe and Gavin intentions are they allow then into their pack after others reject their relationship. Have they found a home on their journey when itâ€™s only started?
There are others in Paris who see Kloe as a threat and will go to great lengths to remove her from the streets of this beautiful city. They are following Kloe everywhere she goes but who is it and why are they following her but most importantly why do they fear her?
Author of Paris Moon and London Moon, the first two books in the Kloe & Gavin Adventures Series. Also soon to be released Edge of Night Trilogy. She is is a paranormal/supernatural, romance/thriller and sci-fi author.Currently living in the rainy state, Washington State, when not spending time with her family and friends, you can find her writing, or be contributing to the indie author community. She is known to be deeply immersed in helping new authors, also making book teasers, book covers or just giving helpful advice she loves what she does.
nightmares about my dadâ€™s car crashing or my sisterâ€™s tiny face
vanishing in a window of red. No, not anymore. Now when I sleep I
fall into an expanse of frozen wilderness, the other life Iâ€™ve
one Iâ€™ve lived with him.
experiences vivid dreams from a past-life she lived in the 1800s with
her husband Robert and their children in the wilderness of the
Michigan Territory. Much like her own mother grieving the man and
child she lost, Anna canâ€™t simply let go of the memories that haunt
when she runs into Robert in this lifetime, a whirlwind of their past
livesâ€”and deathsâ€”rocks her modern world to the core. What will
she be willing to risk to spend every lifetime with Robert?
the twists and turns of â€œrepeatingâ€ their lives over and over
through time, Anna must sacrifice everything for a glimpse of
Ann Ward is an award-winning fiction author with a background in
journalism and mass communications. She is also the former Senior
Editor of Champagne Books. Her love of books started at the age of
three, and she’s been addicted ever since. She’s published six novels
with her seventh and eighth on the way (SEE a YA paranormal by
Evernight Teen in June 2017 and GLIMPSES OF WILDERNESS a YA romance
by Inkspell Publishing in December 2017) and has written several
more. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, singing, baking designer
cakes, bowling and dreaming. She’s married to Joe (who also happens
to be her publicist) and they have 4 sons whom they adore, and a
granddaughter who is the love of their life. They make their home in
the small fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk
Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatraâ€™s tomb.
Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned
professor to resurrect Cleopatraâ€™s spiritâ€”inside Lizzieâ€™s body.
Quintillusâ€™s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies
soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzieâ€™s soul adrift . . .
Bancroftâ€™s husband just leased Villa DÃ¼rnstein, an estate once
owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and
numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologistâ€™s
interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into
supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark
fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paulaâ€™s
senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between
the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.
a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul . . .
archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber
of Cleopatra. But this tomb raiderâ€™s obsession with the Queen of
the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred
and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and
fleesâ€”escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert
sands . . .
widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr.
Quintillus, transcribing the late professorâ€™s memoirs. Within the
pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman
convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within
the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena:
strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of
pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry.
Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .
a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance,
Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of
paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short
stories. She was the 2013 joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror
Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor, which was featured in the
anthology What Waits in the Shadows. Catâ€™s novels include The
Pendle Curse, Saving Grace Devine, and Dark Avenging Angel. She lives
with her long-suffering husband and black (trainee) cat. They divide
their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in
Trinaâ€™s beloved dog dies, she swears sheâ€™ll never get another
one. But then she learns about service dogs, and realizes that if she
becomes a puppy raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never
worry about them dying. But like all great ideas, this one has a
serious flaw: her first service puppy must be returned to his kennel
at the end of their week-long summer vacation. And saying goodbye to
Sydney is going to be much tougher than she ever imagined.
last week with Sydney is made that much harder by her newly strained
friendship with her best friend, Sarah, whoâ€™s become so
over-the-top boy crazy that sheâ€™s almost like a stranger. Sarah is
determined to have them hang out with every boy at the beach, but
when a boy named Chase takes an interest in Sydney and Trina, it puts
an even bigger strain on the friendship.
hard enough to deal with losing Sydney, but now she may lose her best
friend, too. And even if she manages to patch things up with
Sarahâ€”and figures out what to do about Chaseâ€”she still must face
a daunting decision: is she strong enough to take on another service
Sheri S. Levy deftly taps adolescent themes of love, loss and
friendship through the added lens of a service dogâ€™s life-changing
effects on her young trainer. A fresh twist on the familiar
coming-of-age tale. Well done!â€ â€” Jennifer Leeper, author, Padre:
The Narrowing Path
foray into the world of boys, friendship, and fashion while focusing
on the important task of training service dogs strikes just the right
balance. This canine-inspired coming-of-age tale is a poignant but
fun summertime story.â€ â€” Val Muller, author, the Corgi Capers
series and The Scarred Letter
Ryanâ€™s challenging summer starts off with a puppy-fueled energy
burst as she takes on another service dog for trainingâ€”an
eight-week-old black Labrador named Colton. And to help explore
another dream, sheâ€™s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange
for riding lessons with the barnâ€™s schooling horse. Before long,
Trina butts heads with Morgan Hart, an ill-tempered but skilled rider
with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight.Â Adding
to the list of frustrations is the difficulty in maintaining a
long-distance relationship with Chase, her first boyfriend from last
summer, while trying to deal with unwanted attention from a new boy
in her puppy training class. At least best friend Sarah still has her
back, but as Trina wearies of Morganâ€™s constant insults and her
heartless treatment of Knight, she decides to use her dog training
skills to look underneath Morganâ€™s hostile attitude and develop a
sense of trust.Slowly,
Morganâ€™s angry shield cracks enough to where sheâ€™s able to share
a troubling family secret. Can Trina help Morgan confront her family
problems and make a fresh start?
is on sure ground in this enjoyable page-turner for young adults.
Readers see the world through the eyes of Trina Ryan, a freckle-faced
redhead with a big heart for horses, service dogs, and people in
need. Trina learns some of lifeâ€™s most important lessons: that
people are not always what they seem, growing up involves tough
choices, and a first crush can be more exciting than she ever
dreamed. Poignant, fun, and adventuresome.â€ â€” Peggy Jo Shaw,
award-winning journalist, PR specialist, and book
Over is a book youâ€™ll want to give your daughter. A story about
best friends, boyfriends, enemies, and how to handle them all. Throw
in horses and puppies, and you have the perfect mix for an
entertaining, self-evolving read.â€ â€” C. Hope Clark, author,
Carolina Slade Mysteries and Edisto Island Mysteries
do you help a friend and stay true to yourself? Trina Ryanâ€™s
struggles to cope and regroup should ring true for teens. Most people
probably never dream so much is involved. Teens who love to read
about animals should truly enjoy Starting Over.â€ â€” Lisa Williams
Kline, author, Eleanor Hill, Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before
Your Eyes, and the Sisters in All Seasons series
a lot going on in Trinaâ€™s life, but Levy weaves each thread
seamlessly. I especially enjoyed the detail about how to train a
service dog, as well as her experience in the barn mucking out
stalls, caring for the horses, and learning to ride. A must-read YA
novel for anyone who loves dogs and horses.â€ â€” Judy Sheluk,
author, The Hanged Manâ€™s Noose and Skeletons in the Attic
Horses! Boys! What could be better? An energetic puppy learning to be
a service dog, a sweet-tempered horse, an absentee boyfriend, and
Trina, the girl who has to make some difficult decisions about all of
them. A lovely, thoughtful coming-of-age novel.â€ â€” Ellyn Bache,
author, Kaleidoscope, The Art of Saying Goodbye, and Safe Passage
a California gal, moved to Greenville, SC, & taught special
education. Her goal was to instill the love of books. When Sheri
retired, her students had created a desire for her to write. She
joined SCBWI, & Dog Writers Association. After years of enjoying
Edisto Beach with her Aussie and Black Lab, it became the setting for
her first YA novel, Seven Days to Goodbye.Â Seven
Days to Goodbye involves a service dog connecting with a child with
autism, girls learning about the importance of friendships and trying
to keep theirs intact while flirting with guys for the first time. A
loggerhead turtle helps bring the girls together. The story has humor
and plenty of puppy love in both varieties. The second book in the
series will be, Starting Over.
Joy Heyer lives in Virginia with her loving husband and three of her four crazy children. Her oldest child now has a child of her own, making Joy a grandma.Â
Her family recently convinced her to get a dog. What was she thinking? The dog now follows Joy everywhere, waits loyally at the front window every time she leaves the house, and goes berserk when she comes back, even if she was only gone for 10 seconds to get the mail.Â
In her spare timeâ€¦.wait, what spare time? Whenever her children and dog permit, she loves to read, write, paint, and dream up home improvement projects.
Duck, Duck, Moose is a very cute book by Joy Heyer about a duck who is sad because he misses his friend Goose. The story is simple, yet perfect for ages 0 to 2+ years-old. It is also done as a rhyme which it makes the story come alive with its matching sounds. It should attract little ones and their parents alike.
I enjoyed the colors on each page as they depicted the mood of the sad duck. It does, however, have some brighter colors sprinkled throughout the story to make it colorful and interesting for the child. The drawings are superb and quite likeable. This is a great book for any home.
Review by Author Anna del C. Dye
for clean tales of Elfs & YA medieval Romance
Author Interview: Joy Heyer
Book: Duck, Duck, Moose
When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? I started writing 10 years ago. My friend, Lezlie Evans, an author of many childrenâ€™s books, invited me to join her writers group. Since then Lezlie has been teaching and encouraging me to write and illustrate my stories.
Do you have a favorite author? I really like Kevin Henkes. His characters have so much personality, both in the text and illustrations!
What is some of your favorite or memorable books that youâ€™ve read? I love the book â€œEach Peach Pear Plumâ€ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It was my favorite to read to my kids when they were little and now I read it to my granddaughter! The illustrations and rhymes are wonderful and the â€œhide and seekâ€ of the characters is fun.
What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had passed to you? It takes a lot of hard work, practice, and dedication to be good at writing and illustrating. Who knows where I would be now if I had followed that advice from the beginning.
Do you have any pets? Yes. I have a very loyal dog and for whatever reason, he has picked me as his favorite. He runs past the rest of the family to get to me every time, much to their chagrin.
What do you do in your spare time when youâ€™re not writing? Spare time? What spare time? When Iâ€™m not drawing, writing, or being mom, I love to dream up home improvement projects. Maybe someday I will have time to do them!
What is the best vacation you ever went on? I just went on a Mediterranean cruise with my husband to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was the best.
Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it? I continue to draw every day (practice, practice, practice!) and I have some stories that Iâ€™m perfecting. I have great plans for these future books!
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