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The captors expect the Brights to live in their flying city forever ( audiobook)

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Skyclyffe
by
Z. Moss
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by Noah Kershisnik
Genre:
Middle Grade Science Fiction 
 
Rex
Bright enjoys drawing in notebooks and dreaming. He’s thirteen, and
his life is ordinary. Until he sees a face in a cloud which changes
everything. Rex glimpses the girl from an airplane window while
travelling to his aunt and uncle’s farm for the summer. Her
features are so perfect, Rex can’t believe she’s only vapor. But
Cloud Girl is real. A week later, Skyclyffe, a mysterious airship
cloaked in a cumulus, abducts Rex and his family. The captors expect
the Brights to live in their flying city forever. And, although he’s
kidnapped, Rex loves the craft filled with robots, scientific
discoveries, and silvery-white beings. Before long, Rex will be
forced to decide whether to escape, or if Skyclyffe and its secret
wonders are worth never stepping foot on Earth again.
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Z.
Moss lives in Stillwater, Minnesota and is currently working on the
sequel to Skyclyffe. Two dogs, three cats, and two turtles run the
household, including the real-life Radar.
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Noah
Kershisnik has been acting since before he could read. He spent his
youth performing Shakespeare plays in a traveling children’s theater,
and developed a passion for performance and storytelling. Fortunately
he did eventually learn to read, and now spends his time narrating
audiobooks as well as acting on camera and stage.
 
 
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when your only choices are vampirism, lycanthropy, breeder, blood donor, or banishment to the Wastelands, what choice do you really have?

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

 

The Chosen
Sector C Volume 1
by Nina Soden
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Set in a futuristic dystopian where society is governed by a council of vampires and lycanthropes, selection students are sheltered and raised in a deceptively utopian world. Strict rules are imposed to control population growth, education, and even personal interactions with other members of the Sector, all in the name of safety. When ‘A’ comes of age, she like all youth throughout Sector C and her selection classmates aren’t sent out into the world to find jobs, make money and lead happy carefree lives. They are forced to endure the rigorous physical and mental testing of Selection Week before choosing their destiny or being forced into a fate far worse. Those that make it out alive are announced as sector residence, given a position within the society, and allotted all the privileges of their chosen “culture.” However, when your only choices are vampirism, lycanthropy, breeder, blood donor, or banishment to the Wastelands, what choice do you really have? Suspenseful, intense, passionate, and awash in paranormal delights, Sector C captures the enchantment and mysteries of the supernatural world and the power of friendship.
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The Hunted
Sector C Volume 2
In the future, most of the world is governed by a council of vampires and lycanthropes. Sector residents are offered the freedom to live as they desire provided they stay and abide by the laws handed down. After being jolted awake by the blaring screech of the sector alarm, Zelina is dragged from her bed, gagged, and tied to a chair. Confronted with the brutal murder of one of her former classmates, she realizes that all eyes are on her as the primary suspect. Whether she was involved or not doesn’t matter. In the eyes of most sector residents, and most Council Members, Zelina is already a pariah—feared for the powers she will certainly come to possess. For she is the first human known to have both vampire and lycanthrope blood flowing through her veins. Zelina will find herself on a gripping adventure that will take her beyond the borders she’s known all her life in an attempt to save those she loves—and herself from becoming The Hunted.
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The Bridge
Sector C Volume 3
Change is happening all around Zelina and with it a prophesy is revealed. Is Zelina the key to unlocking a new way of existing on earth? What will she do when she discovers the true monsters of Sector C – the darkness that feeds off of the fear and the unknowing. Will she be able to suspend her own disbelief about what is possible and secure a new future? With the help of Merick, a motley crew of defectors, and a host of unexpected allies, Zelina bridges space and time in an attempt to bring forth a new future for all sentient beings. Join Zelina, Merick, and the others as they discover the power of the prophesy and their parts in setting their stagnant world free.
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I have always been creative, be it art, theatre, film – anything but singing – you don’t want to hear that! I earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Military Science from EMU where I spent most of my time either on stage, rappelling down buildings, or working one of three jobs. After college, I moved to Los Angeles, like so many other want-to-be actors, in pursuit of my dreams. I worked to pay the bills… but my love was acting and I was actually somewhat successful, mostly in commercials and independent films and I had a great time doing it.
In 2008, after some major life changes, I self-published her first book PRIVATE WORDS UNSPOKEN, a compilation of poetry. Since then, my dreams have gotten bigger and I would like to think my storytelling ability has gotten better. I have done everything from secretarial work to business development to being the Director of a private preschool. I have fired an M16, jumped out of a C130, and given birth – TWICE – but I always return to my art.
Though I’ll forever be a Michigan girl at heart, I now live in the South with my husband and two beautiful children. If I’m not working on my latest story, you can find me lounging with a good book, playing with my kids, or indulging in my unhealthy addiction to Starbucks coffee.
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An alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern-day New York City

Monday, August 5th, 2019
Witches
Protection Program
by
Michael Okon
Genre:
YA Urban Fantasy 
 
Wes
Rockville, a disgraced law-enforcement agent, gets one last chance to
prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a
232-year-old secret government organization.

 

 

The
Witches Protection Program.

 

 

His
first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar cosmetics company’s
diabolical plan to use witchcraft for global domination, while
protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds.
Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes
must learn to believe in witches…and believe in himself.

 

 

Filled
with adventure and suspense, Michael Okon creates a rousing,
tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak
havoc in modern-day New York City.

 

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Michael
Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres
including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and
self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in
English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance.
Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA.
Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his
inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life.
From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of
entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael
is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker
for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with
his wife and children.
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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime -The clock is ticking…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?

 

Since 2010. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, I’m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didn’t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.

I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically I’m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and I’m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secrets…and ghosts. I love telling their stories.

 

Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

 

When an idea won’t go away, I’ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, I’ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then I’ll write about it.

 

It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didn’t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I don’t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.

 

Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.

 

Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.

 

Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when she’s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spot—sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?  It’s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before it’s too late.

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime

The clock is ticking…

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…

 

Is there a book trailer for your book?

 

I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isn’t one.

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldn’t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigo’s life—especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.

 

That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!

 

I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

 

Every successful author’s advice I’ve read says to write, write, write. It’s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. It’s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.

 

What are this year’s goals?

 

I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.

 

I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?

Amazon –

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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