Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to
pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other
people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll
radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher.Â
Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s
published several short stories, novels, and novellas. Sheâ€™s always reading and
always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop
writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even
keeps her sane.
No matter who dares you, no matter what lures
you, do not go in the spooky old houseâ€¦
When a small planes crashes behind Jase’s rural home, the ghost of the pilot
begins to haunt him. Jase can’t figure out what to do until the day he sees his
classmate, Stevie-girl, enter the legendary haunted house. That’s when he
decides if anyone can help him solve the mystery, she’s the one.Â
It was the late 60s. The Beatles had washed across America like a
British tsunami, Vietnam was a grainy, green and black dose of unreality on the
evening news, a bunch of hippies had taken over San Francisco, and there was a
heck of a rainstorm pouring down on Woodstock. But I didnâ€™t know all that then.
I was a little bit lost, looking for something. I swear I didnâ€™t go looking for
a ghostâ€¦well, okay, maybe I did. But I didnâ€™t expect to find one. Heck, I was
just a kid. I didnâ€™t expect much of anything.
Would you sacrifice your humanity to save mankind?
ITâ€™S THE YEAR 2828, and Domus is the last remaining country. Divided into twelve walled cities known asÂ genuses, Domus spans whatâ€™s known as the purist landsâ€”lands unaffected by the genetic modifications that killed all other species of mammals. But outside the walls of eachÂ genusÂ the Immundus threaten the welfare of those within. From a young age, all citizens of Domus are trained for combat against these intruders.
At sixteen, Nia Luna knows little of the Immundus, except for the citywide alarms that ring any time an Immundus nears the genus walls. What she does know is that her own species is dyingâ€”their numbers dwindling as a mysterious disease called allagine kills many before their eleventh birthday. The same disease that ravaged her family when it took her sister.
When Nia is recruited into Genesis, a research company pioneering the path to a cure, she knows that her dream to find a cure for allagine is finally within her grasp. But within weeks of starting at Genesis, Nia witnesses something she shouldnâ€™t haveâ€”something that changes everything. As she sets down a dangerous path that uncovers national secrets, Nia will have to decide not only what kind of person she wants to be but also how far sheâ€™s willing to go to save humanity.
I walk down the expansive
hallway. Most doors are closed, but the door to Calculus class is still open
and Mrs. Wiler is at the front of the classroom teaching. I tiptoe through the
door, hoping she wonâ€™t say anything, but the rickety-rackety-clackety of my
shoes yanks my classmatesâ€™ attention toward meâ€”eyes prickling my skin as I make
my way to my seat. I plop myself down, the lumbar of the seat adjusts to my
body, and the desk swings into position in front of me.
â€œGlad you could join us,
Nia,â€ Mrs. Wiler says, her voice thick with sarcasm. Calculus is not my
favorite topic. I think itâ€™s because the teacher has had it in for me all year.
I can get by, but only with Alexâ€™s help. Iâ€™m so glad heâ€™s in my class.
â€œGlad I could be here.â€ I give her a
just-leave-me-alone smile. She doesnâ€™t seem too enthused by my response, but
itâ€™s enough to appease her, so she continues her lesson.
Sabrina leans over the
moment Mrs. Wiler turns away. â€œGreat game last night.â€ Sabrinaâ€™s soft voice
surfs the air like cumulus clouds on a calm day. Sheâ€™s one of the brightest
students in class, and I picture her on the Genus Council one day. Sheâ€™s not a
hologram either, which is nice. We attend classes with students in other
genuses, though not in person. Instead, 4D holographic forms appear in their
stead here, and I appear the same to them there. We can see, touch, hear, and
smell the students even though they arenâ€™t here. Still. You can tell
â€œThanks,â€ I say.
A hand touches my left
shoulder from behind. â€œAlex wants you to check your messages,â€ whispers Robert,
a hologram from Genus Amatista, which is on the other side of Domus and used to
be called Canada. I open my messages on the screen on my deskâ€”or dreen, as we
like to call itâ€”being watchful of the teacher. Iâ€™m greeted by Alexâ€™s avatar
holding balloons and throwing confetti that forms a message. Itâ€™s a group
message to Eric, Casey, and I. In tall black serif letters it reads:
It was great being teammates. Letâ€™s all go to the promotion
after apprenticeship selection.
â€œAlex, what would you say
is the answer to this problem?â€ Mrs. Wiler inquires, pointing to the
calculation on the media wall. I wonder if she knows Alex sent a message
outâ€”sheâ€™s freaky that way. Alex scribbles on his dreen, sending the equation
and answer to the media wall for all to see. He figures out the problems in
seconds, which is why Iâ€™m glad heâ€™s in my class. Two thumbs up appear on my
dreen from Casey and Eric. I
When Jasmine Fuentes finds herself thousands of miles from home, forced to hike around in the wilderness of California with a bunch of juvenile delinquents, sheâ€™s convinced she doesnâ€™t belong.Â
Forage for food, build shelter, make fireâ€”Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesnâ€™t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before itâ€™s too late?Â
Adrienne Quintana is
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.)Â
She lives in Arizona with her husband
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.Â Â Â
do you trust when your world unravels and everything you believed is
the past fifteen years, The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has
guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism. Teenagers
Tommy and Careen have never known life without Civilian Restrictions.
For them, there’s no social media. No one is allowed to gather in
public places or attend concerts or sporting events. Only a small,
select group of adults have driving privileges, but it’s a small
price to pay for safety.
a new, more deadly, terrorist threat looms: airborne chemical weapons
that can be activated without warning. The OCSD is ready with an
antidote to counteract the effects of the toxins. Three drops a day
is all it takes. It’s a small price to pay for health.
day the disaster sirens signal the dreaded attack, Tommy shares his
last dose with Careen, even though doing so might hasten his death.
It’s a small price to pay for a friend.Follow Tommy and Careen as
they uncover a web of lies and deceit reaching to the highest levels
of the United States government and join an underground resistance
group that’s determined to expose the truth.
is a novel for our times, but with a decidedly different plot twist.
Most dystopian thrillers focus on the devastating consequences of the
unleashed virus or poison on society, community, and the individual.
They become character studies of the protagonists and
Lawson’s novel asks an even more disturbing question–what if the
real culprit was someone or something we trusted? I thought The
Hunger Games might be the Millennial generation’s version of George
Orwell’s 1984. Now, I think Counteract and the Resistance Series are
more primed to take that spot.”–SR Staley, author of St. Nic,
Inc., and the Tortuga Bay series.
loved the first book in this series so much that I jumped right into
the second one to continue the adventure. The Resistance Series is
another great YA dystopian adventure that combines elements of
thriller, romance, dystopian, and much more to create a well-rounded
story that is sure to appeal to many readers – it definitely has my
attention.”–TFL Reader, top 500 Amazon Reviewer
comes with a price.
and Careen no longer believe the Office of Civilian Safety and
Defense’s miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist’s
chemical weapons. After accidentally discovering the antidote’s real
purpose,they’ve join the fight to undermine the OCSD’s bid for total
control of the population.
part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges.
Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to
spark a revolution go awry with consequences far beyond anything they
and Careen’s differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between
them, and their budding relationship is tested as their destinies
move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that
terrorize the nation.
does love fit in when you’re trying to start a
YA literature needs more writers like Tracy Lawson! Lawson’s lean
writing style and idea-driven dialogue reminded me of the novels of
Ayn Rand, particularly Anthem, but Resist is much faster paced and
holds your attention from the beginning.
picks up right where the first book, Counteract, leaves off, and
readers are thrown immediately into the action. I also loved the way
Lawson doesn’t give her characters the easy way out–they are forced
to make decisions and suffer the consequences. These are real people
that anchor the story, even if the setting is not.” –SR Staley,
author of St. Nic, Inc. and the Tortuga Bay series
food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian
Safety and Defenseâ€™s hold on the people is slipping. The
Resistanceâ€™s efforts to hasten the OCSDâ€™s demise have resulted in
disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for
the ill-fated mission in OP-439.
teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the
national spotlightâ€”and this time, theyâ€™re on opposite sides. On
the run and exiled from the Resistance members in BG-098, Tommy makes
his way to a Resistance safe house in the capital.
OCSD is preparing to monitor all under-eighteens with the Cerberean
Link, a device that protects them against hunger and sickness and can
even locate them if theyâ€™re lost. Tommyâ€™s now living in close
quarters with Atari, an operative who has been assigned to sabotage
the Link. But does Atari plan to use it for his own
it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careenâ€™s loyalties have shifted
away from the Resistance, and heâ€™s willing to assume any risk to
reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it
Explosive Conclusion to the Award-Winning Resistance Series
Deny Freedom is to Deny the Human Spirit.
Resistance fighter Tommy Bailey has come out of hiding to help rescue
Careen Catecher from the clutches of the Office of Civilian Safety
and Defense, where sheâ€™s been held and interrogated for information
about the rebel group. The OCSD is poised to launch the Cerberean
Link, a security device that will put all minors under constant
surveillance under the guise of protecting them.
that OCSD director Madalyn Daviesâ€™s bid for control wonâ€™t stop
there, the Resistance puts its own plan in motion to sabotage the
Link and oust Madalyn from the directorship. Just when everything
seems leveraged in the Resistanceâ€™s favor, treachery, lies, and
long-held secrets threaten to derail it all.
even a life together on the run be impossible for Tommy and Careen?
Or will the Resistanceâ€™s efforts convince the public to put their
fears aside and demand freedom?
was our heroine Careen Catecher like BEFORE she became a firebrand
for the Resistance? Well, she was just a normal teenage girl trying
to survive college in the totalitarian state of Tracy Lawson’s
creation.” –review by Patrick Hodges
is a believable, strong female protagonist who, having survived a
harrowing terrorist attack, is now trying to survive [college] in a
new ‘Quadrant’ where she can’t seem to fit in.” –review by
strong heroine is made, not born.
Careen Catecher survived a terrorist attack when she was nine, her
childhood ended on that awful day. Now, nine years later, sheâ€™s
ready for her life to truly begin.
full scholarship to a prestigious university far from her beleaguered
home quadrant seems like a dream come true, but when she arrives on
campus, sheâ€™s perceived as a charity case, despite grades and test
scores that prove sheâ€™s the academic equal of the best students
knows sheâ€™s tough enough to survive just about anything, but
fitting in with her acquisitive peersâ€”at least on the surfaceâ€”is
necessary if sheâ€™s going to leave the past behind and claim the
stable future she craves.
her past wonâ€™t stay buried. Sheâ€™s only been at school for a few
weeks when a cryptic message from an unlikely friend raises questions
that may put her in danger all over again.
out this novella-length prequel to the award-winning Resistance
Series, â€œa promising new YA series about a totalitarian America.â€
Lawson knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read.
In the first grade, she authored sixty-seven contact-paper bound
books through her school’s Young Authors program. Though that pace
proved impossible to maintain, she always intended to be a real
author one day.Â
working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Ohio
University, she studied creative writing with the late Daniel Keyes,
author of Flowers for Algernon. After short stints as a media buyer
and an investigative analyst, she settled into a 20-year career in
the performing arts, teaching tap dancing in Columbus, Ohio, and
choreographing musicals. Though her creative energies were focused on
dance, she never lost her desire to write, and has a non-fiction book
to her credit: Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, (McDonald &
love for writing Young Adult fiction is sparked by all the wonderful
teens in her life, including her daughter Keri, a college student.
Counteract is Tracy’s first novel.
band of thieves lives deep in the jungle. Riding on giant scorpion
dragons, they search the beautiful landscape for villages and
caravans to rob.
dangerous mists thread through the jungleâ€™s undergrowth. One touch
transforms its victims into mindless, murderous shells of their
the mists interrupt a routine raid, Joella becomes separated from her
people. Sheâ€™s alone except for a stolen book of legends and Marc, a
religious disciple dedicated to pacifism and preserving the ways of
the old goddess.
for their tribes, Joella and Marc brave mist-infected beasts,
deceitful clans, and the sweltering days and freezing nights of their
uneasy alliance grows between them as they read from the book and
uncover in its pages the truth of why the jungle has been fraught
with evil. They must trust each other to right the wrongs of the past
and save themselves, or risk the very landscape they hold so
Scorpionâ€™s Lullaby is
a fast-paced, lyrical fantasy filled with creatures and characters
who will take your breath away.
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Scorpion Raiders are a ruthless clan, traveling through the jungle
and raiding villages and caravans. As the only child of their leader,
Claire has lived a safe, comfortable life tucked away from their
violence. Her one desire is to join her father, but he refuses to
safe life has one major perkâ€”her best friend, Gavin. But just when
their friendship builds into something deeper, Claire finally gets
the chance sheâ€™s been waiting forâ€”a chance to join the Scorpion
Raiders and win her fatherâ€™s affection.
she choose love with Gavin, or will she choose the quality her father
treasures above all othersâ€”ruthlessness?
grew up in northern California, where she spent her free time staring
at spooky lakes and making up stories about the old buildings
surrounding them. Years later, she still lives in California and she
still makes up spooky stories…about lakes and the old buildings
surrounding them. Like April in April’s Ghosts, she’s terrified of
spiders and she’s obsessed with Hamilton. Like Lissa in June’s Blood,
she plays the piano…but not very well.
Camille is supposed to keep her stress level down. A fake marriage is definitely against the doctorâ€™s orders.
Following a collapse at Lakr, her makeup company, workaholic Camille is sent to the French Riviera to reshape her health habits. The beach is beautiful, but boring, until Camille reunites with university chum Tristan. He does things to her heart her doctor wouldnâ€™t approve of.
When he offers her the chance to attend the exclusive French Royal ChÃ¢teau and Garden Tour, Camille jumps at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However theyâ€™ll have to enter into a fake marriage to go on the tour.
On holiday from his research lab in India, Tristan is delighted to be reunited with Camille, his university crush. With each passing day, his feelings for her grow. Self doubt convinces him that heâ€™s unworthy of her love. Tristan must protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means breaking both of their hearts.
Award-Winning Author Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasnâ€™t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctorâ€™s wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theater to good use via community theater and church choir. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves to travel, Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.
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 Earthâ€™s response to humans poisoning her streams, abusing her
animals and destroying her beauty.
has a bachelorâ€™s degree in marketing from Millersville University
and a masterâ€™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
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in poverty with his abusive father, Adam Judson never considered
himself special. Not even when the authoritative American government
abducted him to be part of its secretive weapons program. But
becoming a highly-trained child soldier was just the start of Adam’s
journey. After being condemned to undergo the program’s most brutal
procedure, Adam became a super human of unimaginable power. Now he
faces the burden of deciding if his newfound abilities make him a god
or just another weapon.
Frank is a comic
writer and author that is not as crazy as his work makes him out to
Since his writing
career began he’s had multiple short stories published in horror
anthologies by both Burning Willow Press and Stitched Smile
Publications. Frank has also hadÂ comic shorts appear in the
“fluff noir”Â anthology seriesÂ Torsobear and the
all-ages horror anthology Cthulhu is Hard to Spell.
Frank also wrote and
produced the comic anthology series Modern Testament, which featured
a wide ensemble of artists throughout its four volumes. Frank’s
novels includeÂ the YA sci-fi thriller Predestiny published by
Crossroads Press and the zombie horror Mountain Sickness published by
lives in New York with his wife and three kids.
a legend at 17, but only Henrietta knows the price she paid for her
fame â€¦ and it was much too high.
the Winner of the California Fiction Writer’s Book Contest comes this
thrilling adventure of a young warrior on one final quest â€¦ against
an opponent she swore never to face again.
the legendary Dragon Slayer of Bleuve, can’t face the thought of
another kill. She’s lost family, friends and home on her rocky road
to fame. But when the young warrior is summoned by a King to retrieve
the Dragon Stone from the last dragon in existence, she can’t re
fuse–her mentor lies dying, and the healing stone is all that can
save him. This quest will be her most harrowing of all, for it means
facing mysterious assassins, the dreaded choppy sea, and all with a
misfit band–a young witch, a jester and a surly knight. And at
journey’s end, someone must die â€¦ the dragon, or
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if all those you loved were threatened by a force you couldn’t see or
the legendary ass kicking dragon slayer wants to return to her
village for a heroesâ€™ welcome. But an unknown sorcerer rides after
her and her Dragon Stone, and aims to destroy everyone she cares
about. Can she claim her newfound powers sparked by the Dragon Stone
and keep her loved ones safe, especially her more-than-friend, and
her stalwart bodyguard, before the sorcerer destroys her and
everything in his path?
medieval-set world with magic and magical creatures.
Barany empowers young women to be the heroes of their own lives.
the sweeping conclusion to the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer trilogy!
by destiny, the four friends struggle to rejoin forces and face for a
final time, the ruthless sorcerer intent on destroying them all.
the biggest challenge of her life, Henrietta the legendary Dragon
Slayer of Bleuve must lead her people into a battle that may end life
as they know it. For they face no ordinary army, but the dark forces
of a powerful sorcerer bent on overtaking all five kingdoms. And
unless she can rescue her dauntless knight Franc, she must do it
without his support.
will follow Henrietta anywhere. But on a mission to find allies among
the Horse People, he is kidnapped and taken by minions of the evil
sorcerer Eyvindir. Will he find the strength and courage to survive,
and fight again at Henrietta’s side?
the young fire witch, must stand trial for a murder committed out of
desperation. In despair at her imprisonment by forces acting against
her dearest friend, Jaxter, she escapes and flees to the frigid,
forbidden land of Varangia to find a witch powerful enough to help
her finally master fire. But what must she give up to gain the power
to aid her friends?
now a king, must come to terms with the heavy responsibilities of
ruling the Oro Islands, newly emerged from over 75 years of evil
rule. This means doing right, even when it means going against
ancient customs and protocols. Worse, the marauding Varangians press
at his borders. He must find a way to defend his home, or none of
them will survive.
Henrietta and her friends be able to stop the ruthless sorcerer from
obliterating her, claiming the Dragon Stone, and ruling over the Five
Jennifer Dash leaves her Louisiana home in search of the key to life.
Her quest begins humbly enough amidst the swamps of the Pelican
state, but forces beyond her control will propel her past many
nations, oceans, cultures, and fairy tales… to the very limits of
reason and myth itself. Written as an adventure saga, what begins in
a whimper is destined to end with a bang.
Part One, you’ll be submerged into a maelstrom of underground mobs,
charming love interests, mythical sea monsters, religious theme
parks, and relentless adventure.
Jennifer Dash left her home with ambition. She wanted to discover the
purpose of life. Big stuff. But a crazy truck driver, an underground
homeless society, and a Catholic theme park with a secret kept Jenn
distracted. Now she’s finally on the right path. She’s joined the
crew of the adventure schooner Orion, a ship of scientific geniuses
bent on discovering the deepest truths of reality.
Jenn find what she’s looking for? Or will the madness of a few turn
her world upside down?
is the way and hard, that out of darkness, leads into
Dash is hunting for a way to fix the world, and herself. From
Fox-masks, to secret orphan bunkers, to a New Zealand skyscraper
culling, to a ravenous Wendigo, this third part of Jenn’s harrowing
adventure takes her past the boundaries of science, and straight into
the dragon’s lair of mythological nightmares. Can Jenn solve the
world before Leviathan awakes?
has lived in multiple places. In each of those places, he has read to
his dog. She doesn’t seem to mind, but Dante is suspicious that she’s
not actually very interested in what he has to say. You have to
understand, Dante’s dog can’t read. So he has to read aloud to her.
He hopes that you can read for yourself, and that maybe you’ll read
the things that he’s read aloud to his dog. Maybe you’ll be more
interested in the things Dante has written and read aloud than the
F-Word: A three letter word that carries the greatest impact to the
deepest void inside the soulâ€¦Fat there I said it.Just the word
alone makes every hurt, pain, failure or haunting memory rise to the
surface and food is the only thing that will quiet the storm.You
donâ€™t have a problem with food! You have problems, issues,
behaviors and you go to food. There is a big difference!WEIGHT, What?
is the third release in the Now Thatâ€™s Just Stupid, Inc. book
series. Itâ€™s a journey through real weight loss using regular,
every day foods only this time you will solve the issues and keep the
food. No one should tell you what to eat, what not to eat or how much
to eat. YOU know how to do that! What you donâ€™t know is how to
solve the reasons why you overeat. Healthy foods and exercise didnâ€™t
make you fat and they wonâ€™t make you thin UNTIL you face the
emotional issues underneath the weight. This book will show you how
to use your food to guide you toward your C.O.R.E. issues and take
the steps to solve them.
Debra Taylor has battled obesity since childhood topping out at
almost 400 pounds before learning to manage her adiction to food. She
now holds a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral
Analysis and a Ph.D. In Psychology, with an emphasis in addiction.
Her specialty is working with clients who struggle with behavioral or
emotional eating before, during and after their weight loss. She has
traveled nationally and internationally as a motivational speaker and
was Director over several hospital surgical and non-surgical weight
loss programs. While working with tousands of obese individuals she
designed the meaning behind food groups that explain and solve
emotional eating while teaching people to lose weight eating
regular every day foods.
Knight I AM… is about a thirteen year old warrior named Emily, who
is far from ordinary and she hates it! The daughter of a heroic
warrior and the press favourite problem child. Against her wishes
she is sent to the Osaki Training School to control her powers. She
learns to fly, breathe under water and battle but someone has their
eyes set on Emily and now she has to chose between the two people she
Knight I AM… has elements of grittiness that is more mature than
other fantasy books. As well as being laugh out loud funny, the
characters are real, complicated and relatable. A. Bello pushes the
boundaries by breaking the conventions in this diverse, absorbing
times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever.
The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they
believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s
the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from
destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and
faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to
great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take
her down once and for all?
Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily
Knight series (Emily Knight I am… & Emily Knight I
wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and
dragons daily and was first published at aged 12 for a poem she wrote
Bello wrote the first in the Emily Knight saga at aged 12, with the
intention of filling in a gaping hole in children’s fiction for an
inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a
Bello has received rave reviews for her debut book as well as success
with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book. She is the founder of The
Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The Author
School was shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards
Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to
name a few.
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her first visit to the palace, sixteen-year-old Fia stumbles upon a
court intrigue. To keep the secret safe, the Chancellor sends her off
as apprentice to a famous, reclusive, mountain jeweler…
straight into adventure.
Discovering gems with deep secrets and
new friends with the same, Fia learns a whole lot more than just
making jewelry: when to trust a stranger, and when not to, why not to
try stealing from gem thieves; what heroism is; what royalty ought to
be; and that the mountains themselves can sometimes be the greatest
danger of all.
Is the legend of the Sunlight Stone true?
peace ever come to the war-torn neighboring kingdom?
Sabotage. Murder. With Olayin House temporarily turned into a weapons
factory, Fia is confronted with the care of three refugee children,
an ill-timed visitor, a perplexingly brash messenger that she isn’t
quite sure what to think of, all while trying to keep her friendâ€™s
secrets safe. But when dangerous accidents start to happen, the young
apprentice begins to tread a fine line of suspicion. Are saboteurs
out to nix the weapons works… and is the incognito crown prince in
mortal peril? Winter in the mountain house isnâ€™t as cozy as her
apprenticeship was expected to be.Â
her wealth of loyalist secrets, Fiaâ€™s position at Olayin House is
compromised. Now a potential danger to two countries, she is made a
ward of the king and sent away yet again; this time into the
grassland kingdom of Erlandia,Â but
her journey amongst the horse folk takes unexpected turns.
under siege, she faces two men from her past… one she fears might
murder her, and the other may die of plague unless she wins the
battle for his life.
with the Sunlight Stone traded for troops, how long will Erlandiaâ€™s
Kaiser Writes was born into a family of readers, and got started on
storytelling around the age of four when her older siblings prompted
her into recounting an absolutely ridiculous account of a parallel
childhood. It was good for the family’s general entertainment, and
she discovered the thrill of making people laugh.
the age of seven her mother read the Hobbit aloud, and a fascination
with beautiful fantasy was born. At nine she came to the decision
that she wanted to be a writer, and set to reading rabidly to learn
the art. At thirteen she attempted her first novel, and it was eaten
in a computer’s demise.
during her teenage years she tried very hard at various times to stop
writing all together.
succeeding, she at last gave in to her addiction, and wrote “for
first novel, Jeweler’s Apprentice, is a light-fantasy adventure for
teens. The shy, bookish heroine is thrust out on the first step
toward the adventure that awaits, and growing up. More books in this
series are expected.
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.Â
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.
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: â€œBe strong,â€ they said. â€œYou have much to live for.
The Autocon inside her body swam through her Shadow
tech like a giant parasite. It cajoled her along the way with its icy Shadow
â€œDo not die! The Black Abbess is invested in your
success. Die, waste our training in you and we will reclaim our Shadow tech and
cast your soul to Hell where it will be devoured for the remainder of eternity
â€¦ Do not die!â€Â Â —Kat, along with a
tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit.
In the Midst of Winter shares ways to cope for those suffering from misunderstood chronic illnesses, and a glimpse into our daily lives for those who wish to understand. It also testifies of the Saviorâ€™s ability to reach into each heart and bring hope and renewal.
At age fourteen, Danice Hope started having troubles functioning during the winter months. Each year, the fatigue and depression grew worse. During the summers, her health would improve, and she learned to fit as much joy into life as possible before winter returned. After six years, she was finally diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder. Over time, she realized that there was also beauty in winter. She found a poster with flowers growing out of the snow that said, â€œIn the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.â€
In the mid 1990â€™s, Danice moved south to Arizona with the hope of improving her health enough to have a better life. While the SAD improved, she found herself developing new health problems. The biggest surprise was that she could be sitting slumped over in a wheelchair in the emergency room, barely able to speak or move, and doctor after doctor told her that she wasnâ€™t ill, or that it was â€œjust anxietyâ€. After going to twenty-four different doctors in the next year, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Stunned at the loss of her hopes and dreams, she gradually learned to see in new ways, to balance her health, to reshape her dreams, and to look to Christ. She learned that flowers can grow not only in the snow, but also in the desert sun.
Danice Hope has been married to the same loving, supportive husband for 26 years. They live in the deserts of the American Southwest, where the winters are mild. Their two lovable cats keep them busy.
DaniceÂ loved to roam the mountains of Utah in her younger years, and to see the variety of wildflowers each spring. She has enjoyed writing since she was old enough to write. She takes solace in reading the scriptures and other good books. She is grateful for Godâ€™s care and guidance through the distresses of life.
One night, as I watched a Christian channel, I heard some intriguing ideas about different ways of healing. A doctor pointed out that Jesus heals in different ways. In Mark the blind man was healed by Jesusâ€™ word. In John 9 the people thought that the man was blind due to sin. But Jesus said that it was so â€œthat the works of God should be made manifest in him,â€ (verse 3). Then Jesus anointed the manâ€™s eyes with clay and spittle and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. And the man â€œwent his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing,â€ (verse 7).
The doctor pointed out that our pathway to healing can be through a single miracle or it can come through our own pathway that Jesus can show to us: whether through vitamins and medicines or some other way. We donâ€™t have to feel guilty when people claim that we must not have enough faith if we arenâ€™t instantly healed. It takes faith to follow Jesusâ€™ plan for us. â€œWith his stripes we are healed,â€ Mosiah 14:5.
HEATHER TULLIS has been reading romance for as long as she can remember and has been publishing in the genre since 2009. She has published more than twenty books.Â
When sheâ€™s not dreaming up new stories to write, or helping out with her community garden, she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat, cake decorating, trying new jewelry designs, inventing new ways to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband.Â
Learn more about her and sign up for her newsletter on her website.
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have all those farm animals.
Â Kaya Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years–long before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving up the animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery.Â
Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?
Jonah picked at a piece of shredded
lettuce on his sandwich. â€œI’d do anything for my grandma. Besides, I love it
here, and I was ready for a change. A complete change.â€ He’d been dragging
around trying to paint post-Janet. This was a fresh start in many ways.
â€œShe said you haven’t painted anything in a long time.â€ Kaya’s words
were hesitant, as though she wanted to ask, but didn’t want to pry.
â€œI hit a wall.â€ He paused. It felt wrong to gloss it over with Kaya,
though he didn’t know why. He went with the impulse. â€œI was dating someone
seriously. When it ended, I found I could only paint dark stuff. Stuff I
wouldn’t buy or hang, and definitely wouldnâ€™t sell. I tried working through it,
but I tried so hard to paint things I wasn’t feeling that I ended up not being
able to paint at all. Nothing remotely good, anyway. Technically correct, but
not emotionally true at all, so I had to stop. The gallery is sort of my backup
plan.â€ It had taken a long time for him to admit it was what he had to do.
â€œThat seems to have changed.â€
â€œWhat do you mean?â€
â€œI saw the painting of Shyanne thisÂ morning; it’s nearly done, right? It’s beautiful. It takes my breath away,Â actually.â€Â Â
Former action-movie star Chet has counted the days since he lost his wife last New Yearâ€™s Eve almost a year ago. When heâ€™s given a shot at starring in a reboot of her favorite TV show, he jumps at it. But thereâ€™s a catch: the producers wonâ€™t hire him unless he can prove heâ€™s regained emotional stabilityâ€”by bringing a steady girlfriend to his five auditions.
Which means: five mandatory dates for this bereft widower.
When they meet on the beach at Getaway Bay, what she doesnâ€™t know is homeless-looking mourner Chet is actually Colt Winchester, screen star and fashion icon. What he doesnâ€™t know is that heâ€™s a means to an end.
When their walls start to crumble on their Christmas season dates, can these two find love again, or will they forever be chasing ghosts?”
â€œExcuse me.â€ A server approached with a silver platter covered with frosted sugar cookies. â€œWould you care for a cookie?â€
â€œWho says no to a sugar cookie?â€ Holly took twoâ€”a star and a snowman. â€œThank you.â€ One bite of the starâ€™s vanilla-almond buttercream frosting sent her mouth into ecstasy.
â€œThese are good,â€ Chet ate his green-frosted Christmas tree in two bites.
â€œDid you try the snowman?â€ The frosting of her second cookie melted into a sweet coconutty heaven on her tongue. â€œMmm. Itâ€™s childhood in a sugary bite.â€
â€œDo you bake?â€ He spoke through a mouthful. â€œMmm. Cookies are love.â€
Chet caught Holly off guard. He hadnâ€™t seemed like the type to make such a tender analogy.
â€œAh, sometimes. And youâ€™re right. Especially sugar cookies. They require so many steps I always just buy them.â€ She never made them. Not even for Rick. â€œThe only thing that could motivate a person to make them is love of the recipients of the cookies.â€
â€œThat,â€ Chet said, â€œor a deep love of sugar cookies.â€
â€œGluttony could also be a motivator.â€
â€œWhereâ€™s that platter? We should get more of those.â€ Spoken like a true hungry person.
Holly had never experienced true hunger, at least not physical hunger. Maybe Chet needed more cookies.
â€œIf we walk around, we might run into the sugar cookie person again.â€ Or someone with another kind of food, if Chet needed it. However, tonight, Chet seemed a lot less like a guy who needed to fish to feed himself than he had the other day.
They walked toward a table with chairs and sat down. Chet reached across the table and took her by both hands. â€œI thinkÂ girlfriendÂ is right for now.â€
Girlfriend. Holly stared down at their clasped hands atop the green velvet tablecloth. His were rough, like theyâ€™d held a fishing rod in the sun for a lot of hours, day after day. Sheâ€™d seen him on the shore.
â€œSo that makes you my boyfriend.â€ The word sounded younger than she felt. The last four years had aged her. Against her collarbone, Rickâ€™s unused wedding ring heated up again. â€œYou work fast.â€
–From a scene in which unbeknownst
to Scrooge, Marley’s spirit has accompaniedÂ Scrooge and the Ghost of
Christmas PresentÂ to the marketplace:Â
At thatÂ moment, an urchin of no more than five stood before the trio. Whether she couldÂ not see Marley and Scrooge, or whether she simply paid them no mind, it couldÂ not be discerned, but there was no question she saw the ghost, as she surveyedÂ his entire wardrobe and stared with delight into his face. The spirit smiled
down at her. He took his cornucopia torch and tipped it above her head, which
caused a soundless waterfall of glistening sparkles, like a thousand miniature
sprites, that seemed to flow into the girl as they touched her.Â
â€œSpirit,â€Â asked Jacob, â€œwhy does she see you?â€Â
â€œI cannotÂ stop her. It is not that I choose to reveal myself to her, but I am revealed byÂ her purity. She sees me because her eyes are not shrouded with doubt or hate,
fear or selfishness or greed. Her heart is innocent, and her eyes are an
extension of that heart. My mission is the goodness of man in this season, and
I cannot keep it from her.â€Â
â€œDo allÂ the children see you?â€Â
â€œNo, justÂ the ones whose spirits are so remarkable, they tend to live in both
â€œAnd whatÂ is that with which you christened her?â€Â
â€œJoy, thatÂ it might fill her needs a bit.â€Â
MarleyÂ seemed troubled. â€œShe does not look like she needs joy. I think she needs
â€œLookÂ about you,â€ said the spirit more sternly. â€œDo you see food?â€Â
MarleyÂ again took in the array of fruits and vegetables and nuts and plants of all
kinds. â€œI do, Spirit. So much that to feed this little one even all she could
swallow would not make a noticeable scratch on this abundance.â€Â
â€œAnd doÂ you see people?â€ There were men and women and children bustling about, wishingÂ each other the greatest merriment of the day and generally enjoying the
â€œI do,Â Spirit, many.â€Â
â€œAnd whatÂ number of that many are stooping down to offer one bite, or perhaps an oldÂ shawl they would never miss, to this poor girl?â€Â
JacobÂ noticed that the crowds seemed completely oblivious to the child, walking
around her and even bumping her at times, looking down only to see what
inconvenience they had stepped on and, upon finding it to be only an urchin
girl, looking back up to continue their conversations, never missing a word.
â€œNone,â€ Jacob confessed. â€œNot one seems to notice her.â€Â
â€œThey allÂ could, Jacob, if they chose. But they seem not to care. So, in this, I provide
a little to give her what they may not.â€Â
â€œBut ifÂ she is hungry, why not give her all she needs?â€Â
â€œDo notÂ think that a spirit does not have a kind heart! For we do. I ache for her
needs. But if I were to give her food and clothing and a home, what would be
required of you?â€Â
Parkerâ€™s fate had always been controlled by othersâ€”who she loved
and who she lost. Five years after the tragic murder of her
daughterâ€™s father, sheâ€™s done everything in her power to protect
her little girl from the outside world. But sheâ€™s rebelled against
fate in the past and no act of defiance goes unpunished in the
ultimate power wants to correct the damage done by Jae and the only
way they can do that is by getting rid of her special childâ€”a child
destined to replace all branches of Enchanter magic one day.
Leah isnâ€™t willing to go down without a fight. She will do anything
to save what Jae died to protect, even if she must turn against the
Circle of Elders. But when her first love, Brandon Morris walks back
into her life, Leah knows nothing will ever be the same again.
must confront her past, before she and her daughter are erased from
her family line. She must get over her guilt and rely on Brandon to
ensure her daughterâ€™s survival. But will the pain from their past
destroy their friendship forever? Or will their old bond hold them
together and carry them through whatâ€™s ahead?
Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night, with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
Kristy currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids and a trio of noisy parakeets. When sheâ€™s not working or writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of minions and pursuing other career goals.