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.
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.
Born an orphan, raised as a warrior princess, desired by men. Can an Immortal claim her heart?
The first adopted daughter of Stella and Darius, Diana has been raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses. Her mornings are spent training with Darius at the ag?g?, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others.
Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it.
The curious stares aimed in her direction by the ag?g?’s doctor, Antony—even when she’s not in the circle of battle—has Diana on edge. Learning she has a much older adopted brother—one who seems to youthen as he ages—has her questioning her origins.
So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? For his attentions are far more intense than those of Antony—and far more arousing.
Love can last a thousand lifetimes when you’re an Immortal… or so they thought.
What’s become of the Immortal Darius? His wife, Stella, worries about his fate as she rules over their city-state of Deminon, especially when she learns he’s been the victim of treachery. She’ll do anything to get him back.
Enslaved as a traitor to Rome, Darius is forced to fight gladiators as part of the funeral rites of powerful Romans. His years of experience on the battlefield serve him well in the arena—until he’s forced to fight Marcus—a younger, stronger gladiator who is unaware of his own immortality.
Sure he’s about to suffer a defeat by the hand of Marcus, Darius is forced to make a decision that will change his future and Stella’s—preserve his essence by allowing his body to die so that he can live on in Marcus. His two-thousand years of memories and life experiences should be powerful enough to overcome the essence of the untested Immortal. Allow him to return to Stella and resume their life together, even if she won’t immediately recognize him.
But Marcus isn’t giving up so easily. Especially when he meets Stella.
Will Marcus help Darius take revenge on the one whose deceit led to his arrest on charges of treason? Or will Darius’ essence slowly be subsumed, the memories of his nearly two-thousand-year lifespan—and of Stella—fading away in the mind of Marcus?
These Immortals once had all the time in the world. Now it’s suddenly of the essence.
Immortality can be a lonely existence, especially when the world is about to implode.
For over six hundred years, Darius of Agremon has fought wars on behalf of those who needed his skills in combat. As a lechagos on Strongili, he spends his days commanding the Minoan coastguardsmen against pirates and marauders. His nights are spent alone, for despite having had wives in the past, he has watched them all grow old and die, childless, as he continues to live.
So when he senses immortality in an olive farmer’s young daughter, Darius bargains to take her to wife when she is old enough to marry.
A foundling, Stella works in her adoptive father’s orchard above Akrotiri, climbing the ancient trees to prune and to harvest the strings of pearls from their branches. She fears invaders when she watches flaming arrows arc in the sky, a sign the island is under attack. She worries about how the ground quakes beneath her feet and steam erupts from cracks in the ground. She wonders at the odd tingling she experiences whenever Darius of Agremon is near, a sensation not unlike the one she feels when spending time in the oldest trees.
Unaware of the arrangement her father has made with the lechagos, Stella thinks she has been sold into slavery when Darius comes for her. Her youth has been spent admiring the man who helped her father’s business thrive. Now she has only contempt for him and his hard-headed manner, despite the pleasures he incites whenever he claims her body.
While the earth trembles and a volcano threatens to destroy the island of Strongili, these two will have to forge a relationship that will last far longer than a lifetime—one that must endure an eternity and the disaster that’s about to wipe out the only home Stella has ever known.
A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.
A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the San Jose Sharks. She is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and makes her home in Cody, Wyoming.
USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms. Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing thirty novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.
If they gave out diplomas for what you learn at the mall, Charlotte could graduate with honors. Ever since she got a job as a perfume spritzer, she’s become an expert on all things shopping related?oh, and she’s getting really good at spying on her classmates who hang out there. What she hasn’t mastered is the art of convincing her best friend Brianna to dump her boyfriend Bryant. After Charlotte caught him flirting with a mysterious, blond-haired girl, she knows he’s up to no good. Worse still, now Brianna is taking his side. Charlotte must prove who is right, once and for all, and that means catching Bryant in the act. This is where her mall roaming skills will come in handy. Perfume anyone?
Candy let out a sigh. “He’s cute, Char. I’m so happy for you.”
“It’s not like we’re a couple or anything,” I said quickly. “I just, you know, kind of like him, but he, um, doesn’t really know.”
“Well, we can work on letting him know at my party.”
No, no, no. This was not going at all the way I wanted it to. “Oh, I don’t want to do that,” I choked out. “I mean, I want to be low-key about the whole thing. You know, just hang out and see if anything interesting happens.” Interesting between Shelby and Bryant, that was.
“Do you need something nice to wear? I just bought some pashminas that are to die for.”
Pashminas? I was not about to admit I didn’t know what part of your body you put a pashmina on. “Thanks,” I said, “but I have plenty to wear.”
“Are you sure? You know, the right outfit could accentuate your assets while concealing your figure flaws.”
Figure flaws? I was afraid to ask what she was referring to. “I’m really okay as far as clothes go.” At least I was until two seconds ago, when I started worrying about my figure flaws.“
Living a “normal” life doesn’t always mean that things will always be good. Bad things happen to even the best of people, and this is a life lesson Willie must now learn when tragedy strikes her close-knit group of friends.
As she continues to grow and change, Willie knows that she is far from the girl who arrived in Oklahoma little over a year ago. She’s growing, changing, and working on putting the pieces together in her life – just as her friends struggle to do the same.
“You never know, Willie. Death doesn’t discriminate by age or gender or social status. It’s one of the few things that doesn’t care. When it comes for you, it comes. It could be today, tomorrow, or a hundred years from now, but when your time is up, it’s up. There’s nothing you can do to change that.”-Dakota
Praise for the ‘Growing Roots Series’:
“a great lesson in the way life can change at any time”
“an eye-opener for teenagers and older adults alike”
“Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene.”
Willie has finally found her father, and he’s welcomed her with open arms. Now she must forge a relationship with the man she never even knew was alive. It isn’t just him, however, Willie must also find out how she fits in with her step-mother and half-siblings. Left in Alabama with no close-in-age peers, Willie makes great strides in finding out who she is as an individual without a group of close friends to rely on.
Alabama offers many firsts for Willie. The most notable in her own mind is her first relationship. There are other firsts in store, however, and a whole new cast of characters to get to know. How will Willie handle this newest experience? Will she handle it in the mature the way she has always handled change? Or will this be the point in which Willie loses herself?
“Genetics are a tricky business at times, and you just never know what you’re going to get when you throw two ancestry’s together.”
Willie, despite a rough start, has become immersed in the culture she should have been born into. As she grows in her own knowledge of her ancestral roots, she also grows in who she is as a person. All things are now within her reach, and all she must do is put forth a little effort. With all of this in mind, Willie has decided to dedicate herself towards her own ‘Personal Growth.’
“Our heritage might be bloody, but that’s no reason not to be proud!”
‘Personal Growth’ is the second installment in the fairly popular indie series, Growing Roots. It is the sequel to ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings.’ Here is what people have said about the series:
“The characters are believable and realistic.”
“Chelsea used concise descriptions of her characters which made it very easy to imagine their interactions.”
“Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene. With her excellent weaving of words, the world of Willie came alive as if I’m watching a movie.”
“Being a teenager is never easy, and Willie’s internal struggles were easy to relate to.”
Willie and Babette have long, long been shielded from their own culture and heritage by their mother. When circumstances change, the girls are thrown into what they were once shielded from – only to find it is nothing like they once believed.
While Babette adjusts easily, Willie finds herself much more hesitant. While she struggles to find her true self, Willie is forced to learn she is not the only one suffering from “Less Than Humble Beginnings.”
“Try to remember everyone here has their demons, but we put those demons to good use. Make ourselves better, stronger, wiser.” – Jack
Chelsea Falin is the 25 year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family.
When an enemy army
threatens eleven-year old Mara’s home, she makes up her mind to
save her family, one way or another. But when the knights protecting
her village arrest her favorite aunt for witchcraft, she discovers
that the difference between friend and foe may not be as obvious as
she once thought.
This is a story of
war and espionage, set in a low fantasy world. It is also about a
child getting to know her mother and father in a new way.
M. Kane is a fantasy author living high on a wooded hilltop. He
taught international relations at a British university for close to
twenty years and brings his insights concerning real-life war and
politics into his fiction. He takes a character-based approach to
writing, paying attention to his protagonists’ personal relationships
and inner lives.
Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature.
Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.
Starfarers and explorers, the League
settled on Kana thousands of years ago. They found it to be a paradise, a
perfect, virtually uninhabited planet waiting just for them in the cradle of
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be
But, all was not as it seemed.
Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood
for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their
suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.
And there will be blood again … From
his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.
When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a
young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl
from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he
comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.
He comes to know of the Horned God,
and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the
Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also
tied to the distant future.
“We were evil once,” she said, “and
the gods are still punishing us…”
began having visions when she was five years old. All of her kind had visions,
and hers were especially vivid. She could see the future, and she didn’t want
to. Many of her family saw their deaths in their visions, at the hands of the
demons, and they crumpled up in sadness and waited for it to happen—waited for
the end to come. She watched one of her brothers waste away in such a state.
She went to her grandmother and pleaded
“Why, why does this have to be?”
And her grandmother calmed her as only she could and said: “Nothing has
to be. Nothing is indelibly etched. If you see bad future, or you see a
darkness coming, then make it better. Keep your head clear and fight for what
you want, as I have done. How do you think I’ve lasted so long?”
Her aunts and uncles didn’t like that sort of talk. What sort of thing
was that to tell a child? Filling her head with dreams and impossibilities.
Their motto was simpler and much more stark: Live your life while you can and
hope for the best, and, when the end comes, let your head swarm and take you to
places where there is no pain and sadness, where the demons can’t hurt you.
As if such a place could exist.
–Lady Sammidoran learning the
brutality of the world.
Hamilton Pomeranian, once a highly decorated Star Soldier, has been
discharged for a recently gained injury. Now forced into a
non-military life, she is uncertain about what to do until
reconnecting with Jefferson Ball, an old army buddy, and agreeing to
assist her at her “job”- not realizing exactly what that
will involve until it is too late…
exciting story from the author of “Nothing About Us Without Us”.
never was a heroine like Jefferson Ball. And, thankfully, there may
is, simply, the most powerful humanized female dog in a universe full
of them. Faster, stronger, more attractive to boys. Unbeatable as a
lover. Unfortunately, her brains are not up to this quality, but
don’t tell her that.
the only one who can is Major Hamilton Pomeranian, the diminutive
ex-soldier who is Jeff’s best friend and conscience. When she gets
too big for her limited clothing, Hamilton tells her what for. And
it’s usually only after that point that they are able to escape
from whatever convoluted situation they find themselves in.
potential collection will have readers both laughing and awestruck at
the events that happen. And, hopefully, you will be one of them.
Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television
Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson
Ball (Amazon Kindle), The Pups (Booklocker.com), Certain Private
Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt
(Scarlet Leaf Publishing), The Encyclopedia of American Animated
Cartoon Series (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming) and Orthicon;
or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville Press, forthcoming).
With the life she
knew all but gone, Riley must decide if she’ll let the road ahead
break her spirit or bolster her drive.
When her sister’s
safety is threatened, Riley discovers just how far she will go to
protect Quinn. No matter the toll – emotionally and physically.
With little faith in returning to the only family she has left, Riley
follows the path that she believes is her only choice. Relying on
others to lead the way, she is forced to face some of her deepest
NOTE: You must
have read Darkness Falls in order to understand Anguish Unfolds.
Although I recommend you read Anguish Unfolds before diving into book
2 in the series (Chaos Ensues, coming in 2020), it is not necessary.
nature tires of human destruction, two sisters must face a changing
environment that stands between them and survival.
Quinn and Riley set out on a family vacation with their parents, the
trip ends before it begins. Mother Nature interferes with their
plans, setting off a sequence of events that thrusts the teens into a
with limited supplies, struggling to figure out who they can trust
along the way, they must determine how to survive nature’s evolving
Faulkner is a young adult dystopian author. Her debut novel, Darkness
Falls, is the first book in the Nature’s Fury series, which explores
the Earth’s response to humans poisoning her streams, abusing her
animals and destroying her beauty.
has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Millersville University
and a master’s degree in advertising, public relations &
journalism from Temple University.
she escaped in books as a child, college textbooks sucked the fun out
of reading. Years later, The Hunger Games trilogy became the spark
that rekindled her love of books. After devouring that series, she
quickly became captivated by dystopian novels.
several years of reading them, she decided to take a stab at writing
one that combined her love for nature with her fear of human
Arthur Godwin-Dragos finds himself much unlike his childhood heroes
who fought for the grace and honor of Camelot. Banished to a bleak
boarding school in England, Arthur cannot help but retreat into the
fantasy of his mother’s old tales. Longing for his own destiny to
assuage his loneliness and despair, Arthur withers in exile in wait
for something more.
the stillness, however, the hands of fate begin to turn. Across the
universe, far out of reach of time or space, the planet Avalon grows
dim. The ancient sorceress Merlin awakes from a fevered dream–as
prophecy calls out through the darkness. Sealed and forgotten,
Morgana la Fey stirs in the dark, biding her time to strike against
Merlin and Avalon. Once again must the legend of King Arthur awaken,
and with the power of the mighty Excalibur, beat back the
insufferable darkness once and for all.
C. Fisher is an emerging author who was born in Vandenberg, AFB,
California. Currently, he happily writes and resides in
2007 to 2011, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
Three years ago he was introduced to the writing world after a bout
of inspiration drove him to write his very first story. After sharing
his work with several people and receiving favorable feedback, he
decided to continue treading on the creative path of
he doesn’t have a pen in hand, you can find him at the bowling alley
getting strikes or at home reading fantastical books.
This Blitz is a bit of a change of pace for us We are doing something different and fun as Author Ren Garcia is making YouTube videos telling you the backstory of each chapter in his book and then narrating the chapter. The Treasure Hunt Questions will be based on the videos and you can answer the questions in the Rafflecopter.
Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature.
Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.
Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.
But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.
The answer to Treasure Hunt Question #17 is in this video.
Interview with Author Ren Garcia Answering as Kat, the 1st Countess of the House of Belmont-South Tyrol:
1. When you walk into a room what do you
notice first? Second? Oh, you’re going to think I’m weird or
something, but the wallpaper. I just LOVE wallpaper. I like to look at it, and
I like to touch it, especially if it’s padded wallpaper like we have in the
Chalk House. Hehe, you know, I even like licking
the wallpaper when nobody’s watching. I guess countesses aren’t supposed to do
that sort of thing. But, yeah, I like the taste of the glue. The second thing I
look for is a bathroom. I love sitting in bathrooms. Yeah, I’m mental, I guess.
2. How would you change the world? The
things around you? The people around you? I don’t know—I’m
still pretty new to the world and how it works. I guess I just want everybody
to love each other. I’ve spent such a long time not being loved, I want to make
up for it now. Love all around, everybody happy. Let’s dance and love each
other. Why not?
3. How do you learn best? On
the floor, after lunch. I love sitting on the floor. I feel all caged up in a
chair. Yeah, I’m weird, right? But, that’s how G taught me to read mostly, us
sitting nose to nose on the floor. I think I’ve thrown more chairs than have
actually sat in them. Chairs are great for throwing, but, they kind of hurt my
4. What are your goals in life? You’re
making my head hurt, haha. I just want to be a good wife and a good mom once we
have kids. That might sound simple, I guess, but when you’ve lived underground
under the Black Hat’s heel for most of your life, it’s the simple things you
crave. Oh—I guess I want to master my Shadow tech too. I’m trying, I practice
all the time, and I’m trying not to cheat using NatalZ of Mund’s ‘squash data’
we got in Vain. That’s cheating. I want to figure out how to make StT’s, like
NatalZ could. But, it’s really, really hard. Hey, you’re not a Black Hat are
5. What unusual hobbies or interests do you
have? (Kat blushes) Well, ok, I’ll just tell you. I love tying G up. I’ll tie him to
anything. Have sex isn’t the same unless he’s trussed-up like a Nether Day
goose. Umm, that doesn’t freak you out or anything, does it? I mean, it’s all
in good fun. I’m sure other countesses tie their guys up—look what they’re
missing out on. I love my G … but I really, really, really love him all tied
6. What are you most afraid of? Well,
I really don’t like being shut into confined spaces. It’s not something I like
talking about much. I just don’t like small spaces.
7. If you had one wish, what would it be? (Kat
tears up) My Sisters … Bird, Walker, even Wheel. I’d give anything to have them
back. Really miss them. I’m sorry, I need to step away for a moment …
8. What do you like best about yourself? I
like my hair. Yeah. I like the color and I like my temples freshly shaved. I
like how my hair whips around when it’s windy. I could sit in the boudoir for
hours letting them comb my hair. I used to not like my hair color, but, as few
other people seem to have it, I guess it makes me stand out a little.
9. What do you like least about yourself? I’m
too short. When I want to kiss my G, I’ve got to stand on something, or he’s
got to stoop. I loved how tall Walker was, that’s how I’d like to be: longer
legs, way tall, my head in the clouds.
do you think other people think of you? I have no
idea. G likes me, his sister Lyra likes
me, and the other 28 sisters are coming around. I guess that’s fine with me for
now. The people I love, love me back, and that’s great. The people in Tyrol
seem cool, I don’t have issues with anybody. I know I’m probably not what they
were expecting as far as a countess and all, but, what you see is what you get.
I’m happy, and that’s all that matters.
Treasure Hunt Questions 15-17: (put your answers in the rafflecopter below)
(One of the Rafflecopter Prizes is specifically for the Treasure Hunt
life changes forever when a family of druids moves into the
dilapidated Victorian mansion next door. The story of an unlikely
friendship, the clash of two completely different cultures, secret
magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.
Matt Mitchell was having the worst summer imaginable. Matt’s misery
started when a drunk driver killed his mother. Then his father moved
him and his twin sister to the small town of Hawthorne in rural
Indiana, as far as his grieving father could take from the ocean that
Matt’s mother had loved. At the new high school, three bullies are
determined to make Matt miserable. And to top it off, Matt learns
that the recluse who lives in the ‘haunted house” next door is
none other than Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous witch and
murderer. Matt’s terrible summer is turning into an awful autumn
when something quite unexpected happens. Old Lady Hawthorne’s niece
and her three children arrive, and Matt meets Gerallt.
geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer
helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive
systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books,
written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers,
and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He’s
also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the
Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered
somewhat by his fear that the term “distinguished” makes
him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer
whose beard is still slightly more red than gray.
night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal
fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and
relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and
mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical
Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick
Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his
wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and
KADO – Lost Treasure
of the Kadohadacho is the saga of eighteen-year old Tom Murrell, who
in 1818 strikes out with his family from Tennessee to the “Arkansaw”
Territory to build a new life in the frontier west of the
Mississippi. Tom’s father, John Murrell, plans to carve a homestead
out of the wilderness, but Tom wants no part of it. He wants to do
something else with his life besides spend it behind a plow, but it
seems he has no choice in the matter. Their expedition would take the
Murrell family and their traveling companions through the perilous
Great Raft, a 100-mile tangle of broken trees, stumps and hidden
perils between Natchitoches, the last civilized town on their journey
and Long Prairie, their destination on the banks of the Red River.
for Tom and John when they encounter an Indian massacre — four Osage
are murdering a Kado Xinesi (high priest), and his guide. Trying to
save the Kado, Tom is forced to kill one of the Osage braves and is
almost killed himself. Before Tiatesun, the Kado holy man dies, he
makes Tom his blood brother and draws a map in his own blood in
John’s Bible to some place called Na-Da-cah-ah. Tiatesun wants them
to somehow get the map to his tribal elders. This draws Tom into a
raging conflict between the Kado and their arch enemies, the Osage.
His new friends Mattie and James say there is no alternative. They
must use the map to find Na-Da-cah-ah. Only then can Tom be sure that
his family and friends will be safe.
But it is a race
against time – a race against Wey Chutta’s band of renegade
Osage. Dangers are everywhere. The only chance to save his family is
for Tom, Mattie and James to join with six Kado warriors, make sense
from the map and the many clues they uncover on their quest, and
discover the real Na-Da-cah-ah. It could already be too late. Because
the Osage know more than they should. Everything and everyone
important to Tom is threatened unless he can solve the mysteries of
E. Russell (“Rusty”)
Braziel is the author of KADO – Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho. He
has been a rock musician, company executive, serial entrepreneur,
widely read blogger and is the author of The Domino Effect,
bestselling nonfiction book about energy resources.
Born in Caddo
country in Northeast Texas, Rusty is the gggg-grandson of John
Murrell, patriarch of the Murrell family whose 1818 expedition from
Tennessee to a frontier settlement in Arkansas launches the story in
Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho.
For over 15 years,
Braziel has been a student of the Caddo tribal culture in
pre-Columbian and early frontier periods, including the tribe’s
history, language and beliefs.
He and his wife
Teresa split their time between a homestead in Northeast Texas and
grandkids in Houston.
the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity
after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the
world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her
best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the
crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans
violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a
mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who
and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a
dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that
she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical
talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her
past, her art, and her future.
world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to
trust if she and the world are going to survive.
Drop of Magic is
a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a
whole lot of magic.” —Diana
author of the Diamond
City Magic, Magicfall,
Born and raised in
Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky
Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and
psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and
metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. A
Drop of Magic is her first novel.
by truth. Marked for death. Halia must choose to save her kingdom, or
let it fall.
king has died, and the entire kingdom is in mourning–or so it seems.
After her father is crowned regent in his brother’s stead, Princess
Halia discovers a terrible truth that could end her life. But when
she flees to live in hiding, she discovers that the Royal Guard are
not all she has to fear. Dark creatures stalk her, reports of
oppression and war reach her ears, and her burden to protect her
kingdom–at any cost–will not be silenced.
of fantasy adventures such as Throne
of Glass, An
Ember in the Ashes,
want to miss this exciting new series. Filled with heart-pounding
action and thrilling courage, supernatural powers and nightmarish
monsters, readers have trouble putting this book down. Start your
empty throne. A ruined kingdom. Is she their deliverance or their
fight for her kingdom is only beginning. With Misroth’s rightful king
in danger, Halia is forced to trust her enemy and embark on a
dangerous journey into Toryn to find her cousin. But Toryn is in
ruins, its people plagued by terrors and fighting for survival. As
death stalks them all, Halia must face the darkness in her past and
her deepest fears, until at last she is faced with one terrible
question: How much is she willing to lose?
of fantasy adventures such as Throne
of Glass, An
Ember in the Ashes,
want to miss this exciting new series. Filled with heart-pounding
action and thrilling courage, supernatural powers and nightmarish
monsters, readers have trouble putting this book down.
L. Schade was born on the first day of summer in a small town in
Michigan, only to end up in another small town in Ohio. She attended
The Ohio State University to learn how to write obnoxiously long
papers, cite people who use big words, and discuss her passion:
books. She has a great love for the color blue, sunshine, chocolate,
and not folding her laundry. Currently she lives with her husband and
surrounds herself with coffee and books on a regular basis.
Jeffrey, welcome to my blog. How long have you been writing?
I have been publishing fantasy novels since 2017. The actual writing began when I was six, a few decades earlier.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was raised in a rural town in northern Virginia, bounced arund the country a bit from Texas to Missouri, and then landed back in a different small town in central Virginia. Life is funny like that.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
If it sticks in my mind after the notion / dream / inspiration strikes, and I want to find out more, it’s a keeper.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
My beta readers have helped spur a marked improvement in my writing. My first book was a hot mess.
What is the name of your book?
My new book is The Scion’s Delight, the prequel to my Mage Conspiracy series. It was inspired by a dream about a haughty princess trying to repair her broken death maze to torture rats. When I realized she was the younger incarnation of the evil empress in my main series, I knew I had a good story brewing.
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
A cunning trap. A whiff of magic. A burst of steam.
Princess Cordelia has steel plate ambition, a mind like twisting brass gears, and the political might of tin foil. The girl aims to ratchet the Iron Empire into a glorious new day of gears and steam. The entire palace is arrayed against her. The chambermaids disdain her. The emperor ignores her. The mages, championed by Lord Oriolanus, lead a brisk campaign of lies and coercion. Those evil magic users threaten to tighten their grip upon the land even though machines are clearly superior. By the gods’ oil-stained hands, why can’t anyone else see her vision of the ideal future?
Just when Cordelia’s future threatens to slip back into medieval quagmire, a lone stranger with ice blue eyes and flowing blond hair arrives from the savage north. The handsome barbarian is destined to make both the hearts of the empire and the princess tremble. Does this spell doom or salvation for the girl’s fragile dream?
Explore The Scion’s Delight, the fantasy romance prequel novella of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of adventure and intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.
Do you have a favorite character, why?
In this new book, I think Cordelia’s retiring servant Fortinbras is my favorite. His name is an homage to a character from one of my favorite fantasy authors growing up (email the correct guess who to email@example.com for a free ebook!), and his deadpan pissing contest with the ruler of an empire was a joy to write.
Here is the other books in the The Mage Conspiracy
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I write to edify and enlighten, but most of all to entertain. I think Erin Kahn said it much, much better than I can: A book by Jeffrey Bardwell is always a good time: exciting, dangerous, gritty, and multi-layered . . . fast-paced, entertaining, and psychologically intense.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out there. Your first book will probably suck. Write another. I went back and rewrote the first book in my Artifice Mage series three times before I was happy with it (and the book truly deserved the title “epic” fantasy.)
It is 85 B.C. in the Ancient Americas,
and against all odds, Amulek and Tabitha’s arranged marriage has turned into
one based on love. Their little family is thriving and life seems to be better
than they could have ever hoped for.
Despite her blessed and luxurious
lifestyle, Tabitha feels as if something is missing. A part of her yearns for
something she cannot see, something to fill the hole inside of her heart.
However, no matter where she turns, she cannot find the cure, until she becomes
intrigued by a man preaching of God in the town square.
Amulek’s status as a respected and
wealthy man in the city of Ammonihah seems to grow by the day. His farm is
flourishing and his family is healthy and happy. Everything he ever wanted is
in his hands. But when the Lord he has ignored for years, tells Amulek he is
not only to house a chosen prophet of God, but travel with him to preach
repentance to the people, Amulek’s idyllic life is thrown into turmoil.
No matter his previous status among his
peers, Amulek’s change of heart brings his entire family into danger. Before
they are ready, their new found faith is thrown directly into the refiner’s
fire. It seems as if they will lose everything if they stand firm in their
beliefs and follow the plan God has for them. Is what they will gain worth the
“The Faith of a Wife” is a Christian
Historical Fiction Romance. Each book is a stand alone story and can be read in
L.A. Pattillo is the mother of 5 busy children and wife to 1 fantastic
husband by day and avid reader and writer by night. She loves her father in
heaven and is active in her church. She graduated from BYU with a degree in
Creative Writing and now resides with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Blue and grey. I love the ocean and those colors remind me of it.
The one where I get a nap! 😉
Most embarrassing moment?
Oh geez, let me see if I can keep this short. I worked in the kitchens of the MTC in provo during my years at BYU. One time we threw away a TON of cream of wheat into a single garbage can. When I went to take it outside, I couldn’t lift the garbage into the compactor. Well, being the strong independent woman I was, I refused to go in and ask for help. So I leaned the lip of the garbage against the compactor and then hefted it up from the bottom wheels. When I got it up, I shook it hard to release the bag of garbage. The problem? The wheels weren’t attached! So the whole garbage can slid into the compactor. As I stood there in shock, another worker, a boy, came out. Much to my embarrassment, we ended up climbing into the compactor together, slipping and sliding in all that nasty gunk (don’t even ask how it smelled!) to retrieve the can. Just as we climbed out a delivery truck arrived, allowing even more people to see my humiliation. *forehead slap* I’ll never forget that day. It’s burned into my memory with a laser!
Ooh. I love the ocean and heat. So anywhere tropical. Hawaii has been a favorite so far, but I’m open to anywhere warm and sandy with a great pina colada!
Something unique about you?
Hmm… I’m not a terribly interesting person, but I can say that I was an opera major at college! I studied Vocal Performance in opera/classical music for 3 years before I got married and had to leave BYU. I ended up finishing my degree online with a Creative Writing degree, which is how I ended up as an author. But I still sing on the side.
What one food will you NOT eat?
Oysters or snails. *cue shiver* can’t do it. Nope, nope, nope.
All-time favorite book?
Okay, that’s hard. I have favorite books in completely separate genres that I adore! But I will say that I have one book I read over and over again. It’s called “A Kiss with Scandal” and it’s by Janelle Daniels. I LOVE books full of romance and kissing, with some action on the side. And this book delivers that.
Writing snack of choice?
I actually don’t snack while I write. But it’s not uncommon for me to treat myself to something sweet and chocolate when I’m done!
Top hobby you do when not writing?
Back to the singing. I perform some and I dabble in arranging and writing, so that’s definitely where I head when I’m not on the computer.
Baby animals. Anything cute and fluffy and little. 🙂
a Royal dies, the realms elect the one to take their place. By
reasons Camaria does not know, her realm elects her as the next
Royal. Now that she is the new-found sixteenth Royal of the nation of
Mirabelle, Cam embarks on a journey with her sisters and a young
huntsman to the four realms of the nation to complete training in the
four kinds of magic. Once she has completed this training, she will
then be permitted to consume her annual amount of magic and possess
manifested powers. Her ventures are unexpectedly steeped in
precarious events when Cam discovers a secret plan of revolt, a past
she never knew, and an ancient people group thought dead who call
themselves the Spirit Followers.
is chasing the sparks of a war and trying to put them out before her
world erupts into flames and all is gone. The vanishing of the magic
of Mirabelle is only the beginning and the Seekers are formed to find
its captors. Camaria, her sister Fiera, the young huntsman Caleb,
Cinis Lumen leader Tyron, former Gnosi heir Riah, and two others are
sent east to find their stolen magic, but each has a mission of their
own. Cam, having been banished from two of Mirabelle’s realms, is
determined to redeem herself by locating the legendary Crown of
Caelae, prophesied by the Watchers, one of which was Peter’s
father. Riah continues his secret quest to become one of the
unidentified master’s seven warriors. Fiera still holds the wooden
ball with its strange message inside, and Caleb has a secret past of
his own. Peter, who remains in Mirabelle, is on the brink of
discovering all of his father’s secrets and forming a plot of
revenge on those who had killed Daniel years ago. Their own ventures
are put on hold when they suddenly cross paths with an unexpected
enemy in the perilous land called the Valley of Poison.
vivid, dangerous dream world. Real-life consequences. Better ready
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.
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
mission: infiltrate Nolan’s life—and his dreams—and keep him
safe, all while persuading him to join their protective force.
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.
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
a book with a fresh voice, genuinely humorous characters, and a
compelling, original storyline. The Dream Defenders will
appeal to readers of all ages.
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.
Book Description: Life as
the king’s younger sister should be exciting.
Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her
family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King
lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her
seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King
Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for
as long as she can remember.
unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and
Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee
into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom
they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother
reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it –
before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?
Click here to download your copy of King of Malorn on Amazon now!
of Alasia. But don’t worry if you haven’t read the others; it will still make sense on its own.
Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion
of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn.
Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and
describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to
flee for his life. In
the Enemy’s Service
features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not
able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and
focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the
Invasion. The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia.
In each of the books, main
characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other
at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap.
I also have a short
ebook of “interviews” that I conducted with the characters in the other three
books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected
Interviews is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who signs
up for my mailing list
(to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free).
Annie Douglass Lima considers herself
fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of
them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her
students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction,
fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t
teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or
pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.
Dark times are upon the land of
Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was
banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one
who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like
all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn
grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn
works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff
Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is
fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be
fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young
man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young
man’s strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is
stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock
soon comes to Edlyn’s aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared
outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted
Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure
unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than
chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could
possibly have imagined.
Edlyn slowly turned to Maddock. “I
presume this is about you.”
did not respond. Wincing, he reached out with one arm to brace himself against
the wall while keeping his other hand pressed on his abdomen.
could be imprisoned for helping a fugitive, or killed,” Edlyn went on
frankly, shutting the stable door. “It depends on what you have
found his voice, “I will not put you in danger.”
made another move to leave but swayed and began to fall. Edlyn lunged forward,
catching Maddock in her arms. Staggering under the weight of his limp body, she
lowered him to the dirt.
me leave. I must get away from here,” Maddock begged, attempting to get
the sounds outside, Edlyn knew that the riders were nearly upon them. She also
saw that Maddock’s breathing was growing shallow and the life in his dark eyes
fading. He would not escape those who hunted him. For one moment, Edlyn
hesitated, looking between Maddock and the stable door. Then she spoke upward,
as if to the sky:
young man might be an outlaw, but may the spirits of Ravenshire Forest curse me
for eternity if I ever help Sheriff Hurst.”