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The most exciting book in the Young Adult urban fantasy market .
About the book
Clint and Corbin are having a weird day. Best friends for life, things are getting a little strange around their town, and at school. When they’re followed by a strange man looking for Clint and later attacked by an imp, it makes sense to retreat to the safety of home. But when strangers from another world, Banks and O’Neil, arrive with their medley of allies, things get even weirder. Why are they here? What do they want? And what is The Requiem that everyone keeps talking about? As Clint and his friends and family are drawn deeper into a thrilling adventure, only one thing is for sure. They may not be getting out alive. And class with Mrs Christenson will seem like a walk in the park after this.
About the author
Russell Parker was born in Bountiful, Utah. As his father was safety manager he had to move around until his senior year of high school, when he came to Cache Valley, Utah to stay. He married the most wonderful woman in the world and they are the parents of four fantastic kids, with one crazy dog.
Russell played all kinds of sports and was an outdoorsman until an accident brought him to writing. A writer since high school, encouragement brought his stories to life.
You can find him here,
When they both return home, acquaintances, threaten to sever more than just their childhood friendshipMonday, December 16th, 2019
“Mindy loves all things history and romance, which makes reading and writing romance right up her alley. Since she was a little girl, playing in her closet “elevator,” she has always had stories running through her mind. But it wasn’t until she was well into adulthood, that she realized she could write those stories down. Now they occupy her dreams and most every quiet moment she has-she often washes her hair two or three times because she wasn’t paying attention when she did it the first time. Which usually means really clean hair and a fixed plot hole. When she isn’t living in her alternate realities, she is married to her real-life Mr. Darcy and trying to raise five proper boys. They live happily in the beautiful mountains of Utah.
Peter Blythe, Earl of Rockwell fled England when he was thrown over in favor of his father. Now after nearly ten years, he has returned to England to assume his family title. When he asks a young woman to dance at a masquerade ball, he is intrigued by her wit and charm. The only problem is she refuses to give him her name.
When Lady Caroline unexpectedly meets the man she has always loved at a masquerade ball and he does not recognize her, she is determined to keep her name a secret. What starts out as a game soon becomes much more when she realizes she still loves him, all the while knowing if he knew her true identity, he would never feel the same for her.
When they both return home to their neighboring estates for the holidays, acquaintances from years past threaten to sever more than just their childhood friendship.
Looking back on the incident, she could not account for what had provoked her to play such a game. It had seemed a harmless joke to keep her name from him, but now it only caused the hole she felt in her chest to enlarge.
He jilted her sister. She will never forgive him for it. Can her anger survive a snowing in and a Christmas truceWednesday, December 4th, 2019
Mac needs all the help she can get to find the real murderer and clear her name… even if that help comes from beyond the graveSunday, November 17th, 2019
Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 1
Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Length: 290 pages
Date: April 5, 2019
Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 2
Length: 311 pages
Date: October 22, 2019
Larrinaga is an award-winning mystery, horror, and urban fantasy
writer. Her debut novel, Donn’s Hill, was awarded the League of Utah
Writers 2017 Silver Quill in the adult novel category and was a 2017
Dragon Award finalist. Watching scary movies through split fingers
terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write
now. Her 90-year-old house has a colorful history, and the creaking
walls and narrow hallways send her running (never walking) up the
stairs. Exploring her fears through writing makes Caryn feel a little
less foolish for wanting a buddy to accompany her into the tool shed.
Caryn lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their
clowder of cats. She is an active member of the League of Utah
Writers and the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. Visit
CarynLarrinaga.com for free short fiction and true tales of haunted
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Veteran author Elizabeth Engstrom dives into the horrific stories of these seven serial killers, along with a glimpse into the maggoty world of forensic entomologyWednesday, November 6th, 2019
Jeremy Bryan Jones.
Joel Patrick Courtney.
Patrick Wayne Kearney.
Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the familyMonday, July 29th, 2019
Historical Mystery, Thriller
she do it?
hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman
stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a
crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.
hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the
imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s
innocence while others vehemently declare that she did it, and that
the murder was justified.
Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the
Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their
parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the
paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family.
Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of
door in the Borden house is metaphorically locked, and each room holds
the terrible secrets of its occupant…Engstrom skillfully and subtly
builds a psychological plot, moving the reader inexorably toward the
anticipated savage denouement.” —Publishers Weekly
(Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb
where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt
Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from
high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for
acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended
college and worked as an advertising copywriter.
eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and
opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five
years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed
money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong
dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore
Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.
moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al
Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling
Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative
Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from
Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into
public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a
class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or
short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the
University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book.
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angry. But he wasnâ€™t angry now and Kathryn pulled in a deep breath as she found
herself drawn into Georgeâ€™s deep brown eyes and matched their intensity.
softly in the cold blanket of white. George relinquished his snowball, followed
her into the snow, and held himself above her while he shook cold, white
crystals from his knit hat over her face.
he was still teasing.
brought out the tease in her.
moving on to her mouth. Her lips parted of their own accord and George leaned
pushed him against Kathryn. â€œIâ€™m sorry. Are you hurt?â€ he asked in her ear,
barely above a whisper.
fairly certain she heard him say, â€œLater,â€ before he turned and pretended to
attack his assailants.
cried out as her fingers swiped at Conall’s head. The surface of the water flew
toward him. He barely had time to take a big breath when he tumbled into the
river. He could hear her muted scream as he rolled and bobbed away with the
Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesnâ€™t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew sheâ€™d write a book some day. Â Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales. Â When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom. Â As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what sheâ€™d started.
Morganâ€™s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
â€œMiguel! I knew you would come for me!â€ At these words Miguel lost all tracesÂ of uncertainty as he knelt before the blonde woman, taking her hand and kissingÂ it gently.
without success to knock Elisaâ€™s hand away. Her spectral form could do nothingÂ here.
was everything it was supposed to beâ€”and then some… maybe Iâ€™ll kiss himÂ again.â€
be together, each will have to let go of past pain and have faith in a loveÂ that never fades.
Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writingÂ partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and
telling stories together for more than a decade. Theyâ€™ve logged hours ofÂ behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendlyÂ Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, theirÂ Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that includedÂ divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.
and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.
Aeonian needs to learn to control her bloodlust, find her missing husband, and return to raise their sonWednesday, March 7th, 2018
Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesn’t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew she’d write a book some day. Â Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales. Â When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom. Â As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what she’d started.
Morgan’s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Mikhael stood in the darkness, adjusting the sails of the tiny fishing boat, and enjoying his moment of peace and quiet. Enjoying the rise and fall of the waves, the feel of the ocean spray on his skin. Enjoying being alone. As alone as he ever was, anyway. Elisa was busy working some political party back in town, and Theron was preoccupied watching her, coaching her on what to say. It was late, and Mikhael had managed to plead that he needed to rise early to attend to business in the morning before Theron or Elisa could protest. His excuses made to the host and fellow guests, they had no choice but to let him go.
Feeling daring, he had commandeered a small sailboat and set out into the bay. The nightly catatumbo lightning storm brewed in the distance; it would be a few hours before he would need to change direction to avoid it. Mikhael had no fear for his own life, but he did wish to return the boat in one piece; he did not want to deprive some small family of their only means of income.
He inhaled deeply, tasting the salt in the air and feeling a clean breeze sweep down from the shore, caressing his shoulders as it passed and swirled about. Smiling, Mikhael closed his eyes and gave himself up to his other senses, adjusting automatically to the rise and fall of the boat beneath him. Sailing relaxed him like nothing else he had experienced. It was peaceful. He could almost imagine that he did not remain a prisoner, a puppet of some twisted master, that he didnâ€™t live by stealing the lives of others. He could almost believe that he hadnâ€™t spent his entire remembered existence with a woman he merely tolerated, while longing for a specter who he wasnâ€™t sure had ever really been.
The thought of the dark-haired angel who haunted his memories turned his mind to the pendant he always kept on his person. Often, throughout the years, he had longed to rid himself of the thing nearly as strongly as he longed to throw off the ropes of Theron and Elisa, cords that existed only to control him. But this stone â€” what had it ever asked of him? How had it ever tried to control him? Many times he had held it out over the sea, needing only to twitch his hand and let it slip into the deep, but he could not. That such a small, insignificant little bit of rock could hold such sway over him galled him. As though it called to him, he reached into a pocket and pulled it out.
Opening his eyes, he looked at the pendant in its diamond-studded setting. What he really wanted, what he hoped for when he was being honest with himself, was that someday she would reappear. But she had not. Not for years. Not since that first time, the only time.
â€œWhat power do you have over me?â€ he whispered into the night, touching the stone gently.
â€œThe same you hold over me,â€ a voice whispered in the wind. Startled, Mikhael dropped into a crouch and looked around, searching for the speaker who had no scent and made no noise. When he found nothing, the thought crept into his mind that he had simply imagined an answer from the flapping of the sail, the crash of the waves, and the caress of the wind. A little irritated at himself, he sat down, leaning against the side of the boat.
â€œNot only can I not rid myself of you, now I think youâ€™re speaking to me,â€ Mikhael said ruefully to the trinket. Sighing, he leaned his head back and gazed up at the stars. â€œPerhaps I am finally going mad.â€
â€œI have sometimes wondered if immortals ever went mad,â€ the quiet voice replied.
â€œI think you are the proof of it,â€ Mikhael responded with a smile, his gaze still on the stars.
â€œNo more than you are,â€ came the enigmatic reply.
â€œWhat do you mean by that?â€ he asked. He decided he liked the voice; it was feminine, sure, and beautiful. If he had to hallucinate, he was glad it was pleasant.
â€œIf I am your madness, then you are mine.â€ The voice had a smile in it. Mikhael closed his eyes and the dark-haired angel appeared in his mind. Yes, he thought, the voice matches you.
Let Him Go
Want Morrison Book 1
a strict and careful corporate lawyer collides with a laid-back,
risk-taking activist they find an unexpected, unexplainable, and
possibly, an unemployment-risking kind of love.Â
Gleason is making all of her dreams come true. She passed the bar,
landed a great job, and is making a killer salary as a corporate
attorney. Everything seems to be working out perfectly. That is until
sheâ€™s assigned to keep the bossâ€™s petulant son out of
Morrison is the rebellious black sheep of a mighty real estate
family. He runs a non-profit whose mission is to save poor people
from evil corporations, like the one his own family owns. He is
obnoxious, horrible, ridiculously charming, and insanely hot. He is
the bane of Candaceâ€™s very existence.
has more to worry about than just keeping Jack from chaining himself
to bulldozers, though. She has to keep him from locking up her heart,
contemporary romance has a touch of sweet, a little-bit sexy, and a
whole lot of fun. It does not have a cliffhanger and contains a
Let Him Goâ€™ is part of the three-book series â€˜I Want Morrison.â€™
Each book in the series deals with a different Morrison sibling and
each can be read as a stand-alone.
amÂ a college professor, former park ranger, and anthropologist.
People observation is in my blood. I write contemporary romance
novels that emphasize character development and dialogue.
TheÂ situations my characters find themselves in might not be
everyday, but theyÂ couldÂ happen.
have always loved romance novels of all kinds, and I’ve been writing
love stories since I was kid. It wasn’t until I was approaching a
very significant birthday that that I decided to write down some of
those stories in full length novels.
on Tour seriesÂ is
a coming together of my love of romance and my love of rock n’ roll.
In particular I am a fan of classic rock (which might be obvious if
you read my books). The titles of the books in the series are
actually the song titles from one particular artist. If you can guess
which singer/songwriter it is you get a gold star!
up in Michigan, have since lived all over the west,Â including
Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, California, and Nevada. I love to
hike, am obsessed with museums, and take my 6’5 husband on
‘adventures’ all over the West.
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ComiCon. She loves to spend time with her family, travel to tropical and exotic
destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music
at full volume so she can sing along.
No one knows whatâ€™s happening to her, and sheâ€™d like to keep her evolution from
human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide.
From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from theÂ irresistible James Phelps.
Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time onÂ land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing inÂ every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for JamesÂ is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emmaâ€™s rescue and somehow manages toÂ see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives
with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land sheÂ just can’t have.
When Emmaâ€™s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she
trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can
prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is
changingâ€”unable to breathe without yielding to the tideâ€”and it’s only a matter
of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.
Peters made another note, then pocketed his notebook and stood, frowning. â€œWhat
are you planning to do about this broken window? Itâ€™s unlikely youâ€™ll get a
glass company out here to replace it until morning. Is there somewhere you and
Keith can go for the night?â€
staying at the neighborâ€™s.â€ Emma took in the glass all over the floor, the cool
breeze blowing in, and had to swallow a lump in her throat. â€œI donâ€™t know what
to do about the window.â€
help her take care of it.â€ James reached across the arms of their chairs and
took her hand, palm-to-palm, an offer of solid supportâ€”friendship. â€œDo you know
if your dad has any plywood lying around?â€
Her head spun as the initial adrenaline rush wore off, but she squeezed Jamesâ€™s
hand, grateful. â€œThanks.â€
shook his head. â€œDonâ€™t worry about it.â€
leveled his gaze on James. â€œYou planning to stick around for a while?â€
hesitated, his eyes searching hers for approval. â€œAs long as Emma needs. Iâ€™ll
help her clean up, make sure sheâ€™s not alone if the vandal comes back.â€
stirred, fluttered, in Emmaâ€™s chest, soft, like the tentacles of a jellyfish in
motion. She tried to push the feeling away, but James held tight, and the warm
sensation traveled up her arm and spread through the rest of her body.
carefully, Emma. Go slow. Donâ€™t dive in just because it feels good to be
touched, to have someone worry about you. James
moved her in foreign ways, from places no one else had managed to reach. By all
accounts, he should be forbidden territory. She couldnâ€™t ask him to stay, but
tonight, she didnâ€™t relish the idea of being alone, either.
officer poked his head in the door. â€œLieutenant, weâ€™re clear out here.â€
Brown.â€ Peters handed Emma a business card. â€œHereâ€™s my number. Iâ€™m on duty
until two a.m., but you can call anytime.â€
She ran her fingers over the card as Peters strode from the house, closing the
door behind him. Outside, the cops got in their cars, turned off the flashing
lights, and one by one, drove away.
Michelle D Argyle
Suspense, Thriller, Contemporary
year-old Starry is destined to take over her fatherâ€™s powerful drug
syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a
secret from her, she canâ€™t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows
to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing
the position sheâ€™s worked so hard to inherit.
Emma isnâ€™t quite the sister Starry hoped for. Sheâ€™s a
straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the
syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything
to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her fatherâ€™s
ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry
gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she
questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too highâ€”even
for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.
lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She’s a
foodie and also adores anything Star Wars related. She loves to read
and write books in the time she grabs between her sword-wielding
husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the
best life. Michelle mainly writes contemporary Young Adult and New
Adult fiction, but occasionally branches into other genres.
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Nichole Giles, the author of DESCENDANT, BIRTHRIGHT, and WATER SO DEEP, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She is a huge fan of all things paranormal and magical. Her dreams include owning a garden full of fairies, riding a unicorn, and taming the pet dragon she adopted at a recent local ComiCon. His name is Zane. She also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.
Q&A With the Author:
Describe yourself in 50 wordsÂ or less.
What do you love most in theÂ world?
then probably the ocean.
What do you fear most?
a lot of them over the last few yearsâ€”and even knowing that doesnâ€™t temper theÂ ache of missing those who have moved on. Also, I think taxes. Because isnâ€™tÂ that what people always say? Death and taxes?Â
After the chaos of Mexico, Abby and Kye have lost everything but each other. Theyâ€™re on the run with no purpose, no allies, and very little money. To make things worse, Abbyâ€™s wound from the Arawn Dagger is draining her power, leaving her unable to access her Light, or her Healing ability.While the hunt for her long-lost father takes them back through Abbyâ€™s childhood homes, theyâ€™re forced to question everything theyâ€™ve been taught and everyone theyâ€™ve ever trustedâ€”including each other. After a desperate attempt to Heal Abbyâ€™s wound goes horribly awry, and with the demons they thought theyâ€™d lost hot on their heels, the star-crossed couple is forced to face some painful realities that will change life for everyone they know.
When Abbyâ€™s best friend is kidnapped by demons, Abby and Kye abandon their search and launch a rescue attempt that morphs into a battle, the outcome of which will determine if Abby and her friends have what it takes to rid the world of demons, or if the royal bloodline and the Gifted generation will be obliterated once and for all.
hall to our room, dragging my suitcase behind me. He opens the door and waves
me ahead of him. Dropping my bags on the floor, I stumble to the bed and fall
backward onto it to stare at the ceiling. Kyeâ€™s face appears above mine. â€œYou
tension between us. â€œI hope so. If you didnâ€™t, I couldnâ€™t.â€ He sits next to me
and runs his fingers down my jaw, across my cheek. â€œI thought it would be good
to have some time alone. We should talk before we get to Kierstenâ€™s.â€
I canâ€™t prevent the catch in my voice. â€œMore confessions?â€
my collar bone and shoulder. â€œNo. But I think we need to at least try to make a
plan, figure out where weâ€™re goingâ€”what comes next. Sleeping arrangements.â€ He
glances meaningfully at the pillows. â€œDidnâ€™t occur to me until now that maybe I
should ask for a double. Weâ€™ve been sharing for long enough that I just