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Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
Sapphire
Flames
A
Hidden Legacy Novel, Book 4
by
Ilona Andrews
Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 
 
From
#1
New
York Times
bestselling
author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the
Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines
are the new currency of society…
In
a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor
is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her
House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but
when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina
risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.
But
behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them
is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s
teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true
motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a
flame.
To
help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary
powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.
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“Ilona
Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team.
Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications
sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was
never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was
never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in
college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade.
(Gordon is still sore about that.)

 

 

Gordon
and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many
dogs and cats.

 

 

They
have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are
currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal
romance of Hidden Legacy, and their independently published series,
Innkeeper Chronicles.

 

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Malak, Desert Child…Thefirst time I saw her she melted the ice in my soul

Monday, April 8th, 2019
Malak,
Desert Child
The
Boy Who Sailed to Spain Book 2
by
Paul Ogarra
Genre:
Magical Realism Fiction
 
The
first time I saw her she melted the ice in my soul.
Malak
is a tiny beautiful five-year-old girl child. She lives in a cave in
dire poverty with her drunkard father and her Saharoui mother and
sister. Her enemies are all the towns children who victimize her and
her sister because of their race and condition. Her only friend is a
single mother named Latifa, and Malak´s grandmother Jeeda Hazzah who
dies of cancer.
But
Malak is the champion of her family against a violent father and the
children of the Zoco who she fights singlehandedly. This is a magical
and often mystical story of a young girl and the people she stumbles
upon, as she is rushed away by her uncertain destiny, to the land in
which her mother was born, the Sahara Desert. The unravelling of
Malak’s story is also the unsnarling of the web of intrigue
surrounding the North of Africa, and it´s peoples and history, and
the reasons for many current dilemmas in this land of witchcraft and
mystery.
The
tale begins in earnest when a wandering ex-warrior happens on the
child and is struck by her magnificent courage and beauty. After a
significant episode with her drunken father and his cronies, having
interceded on the family´s behalf, he flees with them on a stolen
high-speed cruiser heading for Western Sahara and freedom. In the
course of their errant journey, they are taken into threatening
custody by the Algerian police. Malak´s personality and mystic
nature make of her the flux in an adventure which begins as a race to
return her to her maternal grandfather´s family. A flight of mercy
will become a race against time as Malak and her friends take on the
impossible. In this, they enlist the help of many tribespeople. Some
tribes known to all and others lost in the wastes of the mysterious
desert and the annals of history.The story comes to an emotional and
pent up conclusion in the least expected possible fashion.

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Paul
O´Garra
was born in
Gibraltar on the 8th May 1952. Paul and his three siblings were the
children of
schoolteachers
and were reared with English discipline, immersed in romantic
literature on the one hand, and a large local family of uncles,
aunts, cousins and a doting grandmother, who was Spanish from Cadiz,
on the other.
Childhood
was spent roaming across the Up South
,
Rosia
,
and Europa point areas of Gibraltar engaging in childish games and
adventures, reading
extensively
books such as Enid Blyton’ adventure series, ‘Famous Five
,’
‘Secret Seven
,’
‘Swallows and Amazons Forever
,’
John Buchan and the ‘Gorbals Die-hards
.’
Saturday mornings were a day for avoiding the displeased grimaces of
monocled and
overweight

colonels, delving and searching through the shelves of the old
Garrison library to discover new horizons, characters
,
and
stories. The journey of discovery that had begun with Baba the
Elephant eventually began to grow richer as the classics
were
devoured
.

In
1967
, he looked on
as fellow students of Jewish persuasion prepare to leave for Tel Aviv
to defend Israel. Shortly after, the
arrival
of General Moshe Dayan at the gates of Cairo, signaled to the world
that Israel´s direst moment had
been
overcome
. Paul, at the earliest time
possible,
set off in a steamer from Tangiers, sailing to Southampton
.
After a spell
in London,
he left the UK to discover his roots in Malta
.
He alternated callings as a tour guide of Morocco and recoverer of
broken down rented cars in the desert, tour guide of south Spain and
eventually running a flamenco club on the Costa del Sol, in the days
when the Costa was still a new and exciting place to visit.
Eventually,
he set off again to discover new places in the Middle, the
Far
East and the
Philippines,
and when Perestroika and Glasnost finally arrived at the hands of
Mihail Gorbacheff and the Soviet Union was open, set off to discover
the East there. He studied Russian at St Petersburg and spent time
travelling to the Republic of Udmurtia, Kazan, Siberia and up an
uncharted river to meet Tribes that still lived in the area. Later to
Nizhny Novgorod and the South Volga, then to
the
Ukraine
travelling from city to city,
falling more and more in love with the great Russian writers and
painters as he went. Seventeen years ago at the age of fifty, Paul
contracted renal
cancer.
He was operated on successfully at the Bullfighters Hospital in
Pamplona in North Spain. Metastasis was practically impossible the
surgeons happily reported. Two years later
the
cancer
metastasised to his lungs on which
he
was duly operated,
and half of his
lungs
were removed.
Later for reasons undefined he suffered strokes in both eyes and lost
partial sight in one eye and total in the left which he duly
recovered by swimming and praying. Seventeen years have gone by since
the renal cancer
was first discovered,
and seven years since his last operation and everything is fine,
remission seems to be total.
Paul’s
still swims at least one or two kilometres per day all year round,
travels, practises martial arts and fervently believes that the Lord
leads him by the hand. After leaving the
hospital
he spent some time in Tangiers, hairless, gaunt and on crutches, but
enjoying the warmth and affection of many new friends there. Then off
to Prague to study filmmaking, made several shorts but finally
decided that he would first write and then make movies when the time
came.

 

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Henry lost hope—until he lays eyes on his captor’s beguiling daughter

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
RELEASING
HENRY
Sir
Arthur’s Legacy #5
by
Sarah Hegger

 

Genre: Historical Romance


Pub
Date: 8/29/2017
 

 

A light
in the darkness . . .
 
The
youngest son of Anglesea, the once idealistic Henry has survived the
Holy Pilgrimage, but lost all his deeply held beliefs in honor and
nobility. Captured in battle, he is sold as a slave into the home of
Alif Al-Rasheed, a wealthy Genovese merchant who has converted to
Islam. Bereft of faith, imprisoned in a foreign land, Henry has lost
hope in his ability to love again—until he lays eyes on his
captor’s beguiling daughter.
 
A
marriage of opposites . . .
 
To Henry,
Alya is a beacon of beauty he cannot ignore. But the heart of this
proud daughter of Cairo will not be won so easily. Divided by
religion, language, and culture, Ayla has little in common with the
disillusioned Englishman—and yet he has vowed to protect her life
in exchange for his freedom. As they embark on a perilous journey to
safety, their bond will grow—and be tested—in ways neither can
anticipate. For their greatest challenges will arise where Henry
least expects. With threats conspiring to divide them, will he find
the strength to stand by Ayla—and together will they find a common
ground on which to build a future?
 
 
 
Born
British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an
incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A Canadian engineer, whose
marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met.
Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three
different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made
her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic
English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese,
even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globetrotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began
as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations,
settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the
fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a
wife and mother. She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage
daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part
footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s
restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
 
 
 
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