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The Dream Defenders… discover a book with a fresh voice, genuinely humorous characters, and a compelling, original storyline

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
The
Dream Defenders
by
Neal DenHartog
Genre:
YA Fantasy 
 

A
vivid, dangerous dream world. Real-life consequences. Better ready
your defense.

When
fourteen-year-old Nolan Erling wakes up with a headache for the
fourth straight day, he suspects the likely culprit to be any number
of things—from his annoying baby brother, to vehicular crashes with
his elderly neighbor, or even his questionable late-night food
choices—not his dreams.

 

 

Aeryn
Sandman knows the true cause, though. She is a junior agent with the
DREAM Institute, a secret organization tasked with protecting the
world’s population while they sleep, and she’s on her first
assignment.

 

 

Her
mission: infiltrate Nolan’s life—and his dreams—and keep him
safe, all while persuading him to join their protective force.

 

 

But
recruitment missions are no walk in the park, and Aeryn’s goes
horribly wrong when Nolan’s powers unwittingly unleash two dream
creatures locked away in a restricted area of the dream world. While
Aeryn and Nolan search for ways to contain the escaped beings, they
uncover a much greater conspiracy.

 

 

For
these dreams can kill, and someone is orchestrating their actions in
the dream world. If Aeryn and Nolan can’t figure out who is behind
it, no dreamer will be safe, and neither will the organization that
defends them.

 

Discover
a book with a fresh voice, genuinely humorous characters, and a
compelling, original storyline. The Dream Defenders will
appeal to readers of all ages.
 
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Neal
DenHartog was born, raised, and currently resides in Iowa. After a
fifteen year career in the sciences he decided to rekindle his
childhood passion for writing. Now, when he’s not donning a lab coat,
he writes stories about dreams.
 
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Alicia captured the essence of what it is to be a female Soldier and the everlasting bond we develop with our sisters-in-arms

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
Squared
Away
by
Alicia Dill
Genre:
Thriller 
 
Almost
two years after she left the army and her best friend, Concepcion
Chapa, Joells McCoy receives a cryptic voicemail from an Iraqi
contact looking for Concepcion. When Joelle can’t reach her “battle
buddy”, she’s told Concepcion died in a car accident, while working
for the FBI.
But
Joelle has questions and those questions launch her into the arms of
an FBI agent – one of Concepcion’s former colleagues – and a
search for her friend that will bring her from small town Missouri,
to Miami, and then on to Kosovo.
Over
the course of a year, Joelle will search for her friend, with the
help of Concepcion’s former FBI colleagues, and try to come to terms
with what their battle-tested friendship really means in her life.
And why Concepcion would disappear without so much as a goodbye.
Absolutely
amazing! It felt like I was back in country! Alicia captured the
essence of what it is to be a female Soldier and the everlasting bond
we develop with our sisters-in-arms! “
-First
Sgt. Sara Maniscalco, Army Veteran, National Guard
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Check
out Alicia Dill’s podcast interview with NPR!
On
this hour of Talk of Iowa, Host Charity Nebbe and Dill discuss
“Squared Away,” Dill’s first novel, which is inspired by
her time in the military.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/strong-military-sisterhood-at-the-center-of-new-novel/id636025604?i=1000441852124
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author will also send a hand written post card to the first 10 people
to show proof of purchase of Squared Away! Please email
jess@mindbuckmedia.com
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ALICIA
DILL spent six years as an Army soldier and globally published print
journalist. She remains involved with many service members who
continue to put their lives in harm’s way throughout the world. It’s
because of that bond, the Missouri native wrote her debut novel in a
series of untold stories of sisters in uniform. She joined the Army
National Guard at the age of seventeen and received her degree in
journalism and international studies at the University of Iowa. After
her service, she was published by several weekly newspapers in Iowa,
Missouri, and Illinois with over 75,000 readers. She continues
writing in Iowa City, Iowa and enjoys traveling the world with her
next book in mind.
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The mastermind awaits, playing puppet-master as they march to their doom

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
The
Sage’s Reign
The
Final Lesson Book 2
by
Shakyra Dunn
Genre:
YA Fantasy
 
Eternal
night looms over Adrylis.

 

 

After
her Grimoire is lost to the Order of Helix, Leilana is left to
prepare herself in a newfound way before her return to the crown city
of Linmus to help reclaim Prince Remiel’s throne. One by one,
countries lay burning at their feet. Magic is on its last legs, but
the Orb of Concord is within their reach.

 

 

From
the opposite spectrum, the mastermind awaits, playing puppet-master
as they march to their doom. Time is against them as the final
moonless night looms above. The final test from the Warlords of Old
has finally come into play.

 

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Final Lesson
The
Final Lesson Book 1
 
“Trust
none but yourself.”

 

 

Leilana
Erovina’s got a bid for power as she takes the final test to become
one of her realm’s Warlords. As such, she sets out to travel the
lands of Adrylis and log magical totems from respectful folk with
only one hitch—no ancestral help. The quest is a pilgrimage to
learn the basics of human nature. Some would call concepts like
gentleness and passion fables of the heart.

 

 

In
another perspective, war brews in the kingdom of Linmus, throwing
Adrylis into chaos. Prince Remiel Vesarus finds himself in exile,
vengeance on his mind for those who tore his life asunder. His
attendant Solus Brenner at his side, they plan on restoring their
kingdom against all odds.

 

 

Fate
has drawn these two parties together. Conjoined at the hip, the
traveler, prince and right-hand will learn the old saying of magic:
“It always comes with a price.”

 

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Shakyra
Dunn can’t stray away from the impression that there is always an
adventure around every corner! When she isn’t playing the role of the
Creator, she is marching through the worlds of her favorite video
game characters or taking drives around her city to see the sights.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, she currently resides in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, striving to experience more than the little town.

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Red: I’d like to set that story straight. It all began with a girl, a curse, and wolf

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Red:
A Modern Fairytale Retelling
by
Jessi McPherson
Genre:YA
Fantasy
 
Everyone
has read the tale of Little Red Riding Hood… Such a carefree, naïve
girl who fell victim to the wolf and had to be saved by the Huntsman.
I’d like to set that story straight. It all began with a girl, a
curse, and wolf. We all have a hero inside. All it takes is to
believe. Cara knew the legends of her village but she never thought
she’d become one.
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Hi
all, I’m
Jessi
Mcpherson
.
I live in a small town in Iowa right on the banks of The Mighty
Mississippi. I started writing when I was about 10 years old. Almost
every girl has a journal but I not only had fun stories of the day
but poems and short stories that popped in my head. I love fantasy
and romance novels and read almost daily. I like to find my
inspiration in everyday life. That’s one of my goals is to find one
thing every day that inspires me. I grew up an army brats so I have
traveled to a few places over the years. I have two amazing children
and a very amazing husband. They thankfully put up with crazy work
schedules because being a mom and a writer isn’t enough but I am also
the general manager of Sidelines Sports bar in my home town. No
matter how busy I find time for it all. I do hope you enjoy my books
and I look forward to writing more.

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Chase’s Story by P.A. Estelle

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Penny Estelle was born, long ago, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Her family up and moved to Mesa, AZ, when she was a toddler, and has
remained in Arizona since.
She started writing for children right before retiring, claiming after working so long with children of all ages, she has plenty of material to work with. “I was never a reader as a child or teen and I missed out on so many adventures.  I think it’s very important in today’s world to get kids reading and keep them reading.”
Her books for the younger group include two children’s picture books, Have You seen My Tail?
and The Red-Eyed Mr. Glumb, a couple books of magic and fantasy, Hike Up 
Devil’s Mountain and The Bearded
Dude in the Puzzle
, plus a series of time travel adventures
for ages 9 – 13,
The Wickware Sagas.
Penny decided to try her hand at writing for the older crowd.  She now has a family drama about desertion and addiction, four contemporary
romances, a paranormal romance and five historical 
western romances under her belt.  She and her husband also wrote a non fiction
short story on their 
experience living with solar.
Penny Estelle was a school secretary for twenty-one years.  After retiring, she
and her husband 
moved to their fifty-four acre ranch in NW Arizona
where they live off the grid.
  Solar and wind is the only source of electricity.  “A real adjustment for a city girl, but I love it.  At night, the sky is an explosion of stars.  It is breathtaking!”
If Penny is not working on stories, she enjoys four-wheeling on unexplored roads, visiting with family (especially her seven grandchildren), and
enjoys the occasional visits to the casinos.

She also admits her weakness is ice cream, anytime, anywhere!

 

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Chase wanted no part of
going to college or following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a
Doctor.  His dream involved cattle and
horses and he follows that dream to the Arizona Territory.
 
 One cold, rainy day his life takes a turn
when he finds himself looking down the muzzle of a Colt Walker barely being
held up by a woman who has been badly beaten along with her three-year old son.  Will she be someone Chase could let into his heart or someone who could destroy his life?
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Snippet
“You better hobble them lips boy!” Another
fit of coughing took July’s words. When he was done, he squinted at Chase. “You
ever been to the Arizona Territory?” Chase shook his head. “In the summer it’s
hotter than blue blazes. Damn near sweated the life right out of me the one and
only time I was there in them months. That’s why I come back here every spring.
Guess the cool and cold suit me better.”
 

“What’s happening with your brother’s place?”
 

“Foreman’s name is Ed Durbin. He’s watching it. Good man who’s been
there a few years. Guess I need to find me some fool idiot that wants to live
in Hell and sell it.”
 

Chase sat up quickly. “I might be that idiot, July. I’ve dang near put
away every cent I’ve been paid while working here. What are you looking to get
for it?”
 

July laid against his saddle and blew smoke rings in the air. He was the
most easy-going man Chase had ever met. “I still got Ma and Pa’s place here in
Missouri. Small cabin atwix a few trees. I go check on it every once in a while
to make sure there ain’t no squatters.” July drew out a tin flask from his
jacket and took a hardy swig. “Truth is, I got the long face from the doc not too
long ago. Told me to give up my drinking and cigars.” Hard coughing took hold
of him. “I’m dying anyway, why give up the only two things I like?”
 

“July, I’m sorry. You should be resting, not out here in the cold night
air.”
 

“That’s a fact.” The old man looked at the stars. “When we get back, you
and me’ll sit down and do some figuring. The only money I’ll be needed is
enough to keep me in my two favorite things for a few more months. I’ll make my
mark on the papers my bother give me and you’ll be a ranch owner your own
self.”
 

Chase stared at the old cuss of a man. He didn’t know what to say.

“Shall we shake on it?” July asked, leaning on his elbow, holding out
his hand.
 
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