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A promising new YA series about a totalitarian America

Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Counteract
Resistance
Series Book 1
by
Tracy Lawson
Genre:
YA Dystopian Adventure
 
Who
do you trust when your world unravels and everything you believed is
a lie?

 

 

For
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.

 

 

Now
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.

 

 

The
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.

 

 

“Counteract
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
antagonists.

 

 

“Tracy
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.

 

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Resist
Resistance
Series Book 2
 
“I
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

 

 

Knowledge
comes with a price.

 

 

Tommy
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.

 

 

Being
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
bargained for.

 

 

Tommy
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.

 

 

Where
does love fit in when you’re trying to start a
revolution?

 

 

“Dystopian
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.

 

 

“Resist
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

 

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Ignite
Resistance
Series Book 3
 
The
Greatest Risk Is To Take No Risk At All.

 

 

Nationwide
food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian
Safety and Defense’s hold on the people is slipping. The
Resistance’s efforts to hasten the OCSD’s demise have resulted in
disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for
the ill-fated mission in OP-439.

 

 

Both
teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the
national spotlight—and this time, they’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.

 

 

The
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 they’re lost. Tommy’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
purposes?

 

 

Through
it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted
away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to
reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it
matters most?

 

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Revolt
Resistance
Series Book 4
 
The
Explosive Conclusion to the Award-Winning Resistance Series

 

 

To
Deny Freedom is to Deny the Human Spirit.

 

 

Fugitive
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 she’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.

 

 

Fearful
that OCSD director Madalyn Davies’s bid for control won’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 Resistance’s favor, treachery, lies, and
long-held secrets threaten to derail it all.

 

 

Will
even a life together on the run be impossible for Tommy and Careen?
Or will the Resistance’s efforts convince the public to put their
fears aside and demand freedom?

 

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Spark
Careen’s
Prequel to the Resistance Series
 
“What
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

 

 

“Careen
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
Candace Williams

 

 

A
strong heroine is made, not born.

 

 

Though
Careen Catecher survived a terrorist attack when she was nine, her
childhood ended on that awful day. Now, nine years later, she’s
ready for her life to truly begin.

 

 

A
full scholarship to a prestigious university far from her beleaguered
home quadrant seems like a dream come true, but when she arrives on
campus, she’s perceived as a charity case, despite grades and test
scores that prove she’s the academic equal of the best students
there.

 

 

Careen
knows she’s tough enough to survive just about anything, but
fitting in with her acquisitive peers—at least on the surface—is
necessary if she’s going to leave the past behind and claim the
stable future she craves.

 

 

But
her past won’t stay buried. She’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.

 

 

Check
out this novella-length prequel to the award-winning Resistance
Series, “a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America.”

 

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Tracy
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. 

 

 

While
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 &
Woodward, 2012).

 

 

Tracy’s
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.

 

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Just when their friendship builds into something deeper, she gets the chance to join the Scorpion Raiders and win her father’s affection

Monday, May 6th, 2019
The
Scorpion’s Lullaby
Luminous
Lands Book 1
by
Juliet Vane
Genre:
YA Fantasy
 
Be
ruthless. Be rich. Live like gods.

 

 

Joella’s
band of thieves lives deep in the jungle. Riding on giant scorpion
dragons, they search the beautiful landscape for villages and
caravans to rob.

 

 

But
dangerous mists thread through the jungle’s undergrowth. One touch
transforms its victims into mindless, murderous shells of their
former selves.

 

 

When
the mists interrupt a routine raid, Joella becomes separated from her
people. She’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.

 

 

Searching
for their tribes, Joella and Marc brave mist-infected beasts,
deceitful clans, and the sweltering days and freezing nights of their
beloved jungle.

 

 

An
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
dear.

 

 

The
Scorpion’s Lullaby
is
a fast-paced, lyrical fantasy filled with creatures and characters
who will take your breath away.

 

 

 

Get your copy of The
Scorpion’s Lullaby
today
to discover the legends propelling the unforgettable tale in this
luminous, unique world.

 

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The
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Luminous
Lands Prequel 
 
Ruthlessness
comes with a price.
The
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
allow it.
Her
safe life has one major perk—her best friend, Gavin. But just when
their friendship builds into something deeper, Claire finally gets
the chance she’s been waiting for—a chance to join the Scorpion
Raiders and win her father’s affection.
Will
she choose love with Gavin, or will she choose the quality her father
treasures above all others—ruthlessness?
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Juliet
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.
 
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Amid old enemies, abandoned shoes, hardened servant girls, and infamous parties; will Michael solve this homicidal puzzle in time

Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Once
Upon a Murder
A
Fairy Tale Mystery Book 1
by
D.E. Dennis
Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
 
In
the town of Castle Rock, many residents live a fairy life but not all
get a fairy tale ending.
The
home of Michael Grimm is a unique place where the line between the
haves and the have-nots might as well have been a canyon. The gated
community of Fairy Tails houses the wealthy, royal, and connected
while the simple townsfolk they ignore putter about their lives on
the other side.
Despite
the embittered classes, not much happens in their divided town and
Michael, along with his sister Monica, struggle to keep the doors of
Grimm Investigations open.
That
is until Preston Charming, the wealthy son of one of the most
powerful families in Fairy Tails, is found murdered in Siren Woods.
The Grimm siblings eagerly take the case, but soon Michael finds
himself on a collision course with the scars of the past and people
who inflicted them.
Amid
old enemies, abandoned shoes, hardened servant girls, and infamous
parties; will Michael solve this homicidal puzzle before the killer
sees to it he doesn’t get his happy ever after?
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Michael and Monica Grimm own Grimm’s investigation. The first murder case comes when Preston Charming is killed in the most interesting way. It takes all they have, but the siblings soon find the culprit. What they didn’t expect was the trail of deceit, lies and sadness left by Preston Charming.

The story is interesting, charming and cozy. It has some small, interesting, mentions of fairytale personages but it isn’t a fairytale. It is quite unique and appealing to teens and adults alike. It discusses some adult topics though in a tactful way which attracted me a lot. The book could use a bit of editing to make it shine as much as it deserves. Still, here we find a great read for the entire family. Love the cover by the way, it depicted the story quite well.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

D.E.
Dennis grew up in the United States but has spent most of her life
within the pages of a book. A great novel has the ability to
transport you to another time or place and she loves all the worlds
she has had the opportunity to visit.

 

Now, she spends her time
traveling the world and visiting new (and real) places and cultures
as her love of being transported to another place only grew as she
got older.
When D.E. Dennis is not writing, she is reading,
eating cheesecake, and changing countries.

 

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Love in Bloom: A Destination Romance Book 3

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
A Love in Bloom is officially out. Come and see a Destination of Heart Romance Book 3
The blurb:

Camille is supposed to keep her stress level down. A fake marriage is definitely against the doctor’s orders.
Love in Bloom: A Destination of Heart Romance Book 3 by [Swinton, Lisa]
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 wouldn’t approve of.

When he offers her the chance to attend the exclusive French Royal Château and Garden Tour, Camille jumps at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However they’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 he’s unworthy of her love. Tristan must protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means breaking both of their hearts.

Lisa Swinton

Biography

Award-Winning Author Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’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.

Stranded, with limited supplies, struggling to figure out who they can trust along the way, they must determine how to survive nature’s evolving fury

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Darkness
Falls
Nature’s
Fury #1
by
AE Faulkner
Genre:
YA Dystopian
 
As
nature tires of human destruction, two sisters must face a changing
environment that stands between them and survival.

 

 

 

When
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
hostile landscape.

 

 

Stranded,
with limited supplies, struggling to figure out who they can trust
along the way, they must determine how to survive nature’s evolving
fury.

 

 
 
AE
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.

 

 

 

She
has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Millersville University
and a master’s degree in advertising, public relations &
journalism from Temple University.

 

 

Although
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.

 

 

After
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
destruction

 

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With a renewed sense of justice, Serus and his friends must return to Earth to stop The Syndicate once and for all

Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Exodus
The
Dead Planet Series Book 1
by
Drew Avera
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
The
future is darker than you think!

 

 

Serus
is a killer. As a policeman he was recruited to be a weapon at the
Martian government’s disposal. Brainwashed into compliance, he’s
lost the life he once had, but his memories remain. When a hit is
placed on his sister’s life, Serus is faced with the dark reality
that in order to save Kara, he must go rogue and doing so will put
both of their lives in danger. Forced into an unlikely alliance to
save Kara, Serus discovers a truth that could bring Mars to its
knees, but what if it’s too late?

 

 

If
you like fast-paced science fiction then immerse yourself into a
world controlled by a militant force; where humanity’s purpose is to
make the rich richer.

 

 

If
you enjoy cyberpunk novels with a noir feel, then grab Exodus, the
first book in The Dead Planet Series, today!

 

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Verity
The
Dead Planet Series Book 2
 
From
Drew Avera, author of The Dead Planet Series, comes an all new vision
of humanity’s future.

 

 

VERITY
is the second book in The Dead Planet Series

 

Twenty-five
hundred years in the future humans have colonized Mars. The
advancements in technology have taken humanity to a new world, but in
that new society the problems of old have once again taken root.
Corruption and murder are on the rise, but not from lowlifes on the
streets. The real threat to civilization lies in the one world
governing entity known as The Syndicate.

 

Armed
with money and power, The Syndicate rules with an iron fist. Their
form of government has brought forth an era of humanity that has
surpassed every empire in human history, but behind that veil of
wealth is The Agency; an organization of Policemen who do anything
except protect and serve.

 

Against
incredible odds, Serus Blackwell, a Policeman within The Agency, is
determined to save humanity from a horrible truth discovered by his
sister Kara. In the crosshairs of The Syndicate, Serus fights to save
the only member of his family he has left–and in the process, might
end up saving himself.

 

After
arriving on planet Earth, Serus and Kara are taken prisoner by a
local group of soldiers. Knowing that The Syndicate will do anything
to stay in power, Serus forms an unlikely alliance in order to stop
The Syndicate from taking control of Earth and hope to find the
answers they need in order to save the people on Mars. But it may be
too late!

 

If
you love fast-paced science fiction then take a peek inside a world
controlled by The Syndicate. The future is darker than you think…

 

 

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Endgame
The
Dead Planet Series Book 3
 
Endgame
is the third and final novel in The Dead Planet Series.

 

After
returning to Mars, Serus discovers that things aren’t quite the way
they were when they left almost two years before. Thanks to their
efforts, the answer to Mar’s salvation has been safely delivered,
but bad news travels fast. Serus learns that Harris has been abducted
and Midican has been destroyed. Knowing what is at stake, he vows to
return and save his friend before his enemies can take another life
of someone he cares about.

 

With
a renewed sense of justice, Serus and his friends must return to
Earth to finish what they started; to stop The Syndicate once and for
all.

 

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Drew
Avera is a U.S. Navy veteran and the bestselling author of the
Alorian Wars; a fast-paced space opera adventure series.

 

 

Born
and raised in rural Mississippi, Drew longed to see the world and
enlisted in the Navy at seventeen. With nearly twenty-years of
service, four combat deployments, and countless miles traveled on the
open ocean, it was only a matter of time before the worlds he created
in his head sprang to life in a new venture. He began his writing
career by participating in National Novel Writing Month 2012 and
published his first book, Exodus, in March 2013. Since then, Drew has
written more than twenty books. Additionally, he has had several
stories featured in The Future Chronicles, The Expanding Universe,
and the Pew! Pew! Anthologies.

 

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The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Please tell us your name?
My name is Kelvyn Fernandes, author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

Kelvyn, where were you born?
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, but my parents immigrated to Canada from Mombasa, Kenya.

Cool…how long have you been writing?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been passionate about writing. I’ve always had running storylines and new ideas constantly popping into my head. I’ve written a few short stories, but this is my first full-length novel and I’m excited to share it with the world.

Interesting, Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Haruki Murakami. Growing up, I enjoyed reading the works of JK Rowling, Emily Rodda, Kathryn Lasky, and Christopher Paolini.

Loved the Aragon Series too. Tell us why you wrote your new book?
I’ve always had ideas for fantastical tales and far-off adventures running through my mind. They would blast their way into my imagination, linger awhile, and then move on so the next idea could take its place. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi is the first story that I will never forget. It’s the story that popped into my mind and refused to leave. The characters took hold and dragged me through a tale of incredible monsters, interesting characters, and jaw-dropping settings I had buried away in my imagination. It got to the point where the adventures started writing themselves. I had formed these characters so clearly in my mind that I no longer had to think about what they’d say or how they’d react. It was like watching a movie; I was just bearing witness to what they would do next.

I love it when characters do that. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi, what is it about?
The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi follows the titular characters as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interaction, delicate world building, and intense action battles.

What age is The many adventure of Peter and Fi intended for?

I’d say the main demographic is 13-25, but the story is meant for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a fantasy world.

Sounds interesting. Is there a book trailer for your book?
You can find out more about the first volume and the plans for the Peter and Fi series as a whole here: https://youtu.be/SjR8NQWJoP0

Love the cover by the way. 🙂 Where can we find your books?
You can find Volume I of my book on
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Many-Adventures-Peter-Fi-Homecoming-ebook/dp/B07LCYMSM6
Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/many-adventures-23899273

The audiobook retails for $19.95 on Audible if you plan to buy it outright. But is available for subscribers to my patreon or as a podcast via all major platforms

Cursed Lands Anthology Do you dare venture into Cursed Lands, where magic, danger, and romance lurk between the shadows and the light?

Friday, April 12th, 2019

 

Cursed Lands Anthology
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, DystopianMysterious strangers. Hidden abilities. Inescapable darkness…
Join our courageous heroines and heroes as they battle demons, governments, and secret organizations in worlds where fae, vampires, angels, witches, humans, and more fight for survival.
Cursed Lands will lead you through one doomed world after another in this haunting dystopian, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance boxed set. Inside, you’ll find 22 exclusive, page-turning tales from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors.
Do you dare venture into Cursed Lands, where magic, danger, and romance lurk between the shadows and the light?
One-click today to indulge in over 100 hours of bewitching young adult and new adult reads in this epic limited time collection.With stories by:
RWA Award Winners Kim Cresswell and M.K. Chester
Emma Hamm
Nina Walker
Claire Luana
Dorothy Dreyer
Elle Scott
A.J. Flowers
Krista Street
Alison Ingleby
Angela Kulig and Taylor Haiden
USA Today Bestselling Author B. Kristin McMichael
Ella Wayne
Jenna Lee
Char Webster
K.A. Parkinson
J.L. Myers
Steven Whibley
S K Gregory
Lichelle Slater
Michael J. Allen
Lee French
Candace Osmond

 

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father

Monday, April 1st, 2019
Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. 
 

 

Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King. As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father. To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice…
 
Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 
See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn

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1) Anthing to do with animals, especially dogs and horses. My favorite horse breed is the Friesian, which is why I put one in my novels. I also own two rescue dogs and support many animal charities.

2) Singing, especially folk-style songs. I also sing in my local church choir.

3) Chocolate!!

4) Dragons and (I have to admit!) unicorns. I have collected figurines and statues of dragons and unicorns since I was small and have a vast collection, some of which live outdoors. But I don’t like “twee”, only ones that look like they could be real.

5) Reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi.

6) Country walks.

7)All wildlife, especially butterflies. I used to breed and release UK varieties, and belong to the Butterfly Conservation Society.

8) Did I mention chocolate?

9) Spending time with family members.

10) Playing my bodhran (Irish drum). I can’t read music so decided to take up drumming instead! It’s fun and very theraputic.

 

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Becoming a highly-trained child soldier was just the start of Adam’s journey

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
A
Weapon’s Journey
by
Frank Martin
Genre:
SciFi
 
Living
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.
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Frank is a comic
writer and author that is not as crazy as his work makes him out to
be…seriously.
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 had comic shorts appear in the
“fluff noir” anthology series 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 include the YA sci-fi thriller Predestiny published by
Crossroads Press and the zombie horror Mountain Sickness published by
Severed Press.
Frank currently
lives in New York with his wife and three kids.
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She’s a legend at 17, but only Henrietta knows the price she paid for her fame … and it was much too high

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Henrietta
the Dragon Slayer
Henrietta
the Dragon Slayer Book 1
by
Beth Barany
Genre:
YA Fantasy Adventure
 
She’s
a legend at 17, but only Henrietta knows the price she paid for her
fame … and it was much too high.

 

 

From
the Winner of the California Fiction Writer’s Book Contest comes this
thrilling adventure of a young warrior on one final quest … against
an opponent she swore never to face again.

 

 

Henrietta,
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 … the dragon, or
Henrietta.

 

 

Perfect
for fans of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Collins’ The Hunger Games,
McKinley’s Hero & the Crown, and Paolini’s Eragon. Get your copy
of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer today!

 

 

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Henrietta
and the Dragon Stone
Henrietta
the Dragon Slayer Book 2
 
What
if all those you loved were threatened by a force you couldn’t see or
fight?

 

 

Henrietta
the legendary ass kicking dragon slayer wants to return to her
village for a heroes’ 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?

 

 

A
medieval-set world with magic and magical creatures.

 

 

A
86,000-word novel.

 

 

Beth
Barany empowers young women to be the heroes of their own lives.

 

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Henrietta
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Henrietta
the Dragon Slayer Book 3
 
Finally,
the sweeping conclusion to the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer trilogy!
Parted
by destiny, the four friends struggle to rejoin forces and face for a
final time, the ruthless sorcerer intent on destroying them all.

 

 

In
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.

 

 

Franc
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?

 

 

Paulette,
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?

 

 

Jaxter,
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.

 

 

Will
Henrietta and her friends be able to stop the ruthless sorcerer from
obliterating her, claiming the Dragon Stone, and ruling over the Five
Kingdoms?

 

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Award
winning author, Beth Barany writes in several genres including young
adult adventure fantasy and paranormal romance.

 

 

Inspired
by living abroad in France and Quebec, she loves creating magical
tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls
to be the heroes of their own lives.

 

 

For
fun, Beth walks, gardens, and watched movies and travels with her
husband, author Ezra Barany. They live in Oakland, California with a
piano, their cats, and over 1,000 books.

 

 

When
not writing or playing, Beth runs an online school, BARANY SCHOOL OF
FICTION. helping novelists to write, market, and publish their books
to the delight of their readers.

 

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Beware the Pied Piper

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Solve
the World
Part
One
by
Dante Stack
Genre:
YA Dystopian Adventure 
 
Young
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.
In
Part One, you’ll be submerged into a maelstrom of underground mobs,
charming love interests, mythical sea monsters, religious theme
parks, and relentless adventure.
Prepare
yourself. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Beware
the Pied Piper.
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Solve
the World
Part
Two
 
Young
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.

 

 

Will
Jenn find what she’s looking for? Or will the madness of a few turn
her world upside down?

 

Long
is the way and hard, that out of darkness, leads into
light.

 

 

Continue
the journey. Beware the Pied Piper.

 

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The
world is broken. Can we unbreak it?

 

 

Jennifer
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?

 

 

Continue
the Journey.

 

Beware
the Pied Piper.

 

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Dante
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
dog
is.
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Healthy foods and exercise didn’t make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the emotional issues underneath the weight

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Now
That’s Just Stupid: Weight, What?
By
Debra Taylor
Genre:
Self-Help
 
The
F-Word: A three letter word that carries the greatest impact to the
deepest void inside the soul…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
don’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 That’s Just Stupid, Inc. book
series. It’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 don’t know is how to
solve the reasons why you overeat. Healthy foods and exercise didn’t
make you fat and they won’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.
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Author,
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.
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Emily Knight I Am…Awakened

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Emily
Knight I Am….
Emily
Knight Series Book 1
by
A. Bello
Genre:
YA, MG Fantasy
 
Emily
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
loves.

 

Emily
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
novel.

 

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Emily
Knight I Am…Awakened
Emily
Knight Series Book 2
 
Dark
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?
**Nominated
for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!**
**Finalist
for London’s Big Read 2019!**
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A.
Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily
Knight series (Emily Knight I am… & Emily Knight I
am…Awakened)

 

She
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
in school.

 

A.
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
man!)

 

 

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
2016.

 

 

A.
Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to
name a few.

 

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Mountains themselves can sometimes be the greatest danger of all

Monday, February 18th, 2019
The Jeweler’s Apprentice on sale for .99 cents for the duration of the tour!
Jeweler’s
Apprentice
Five
Gems Book 1
by
E. Kaiser Writes
Genre:
YA Fantasy Adventure
 
On
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…

 

…And
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?
Will
peace ever come to the war-torn neighboring kingdom?
And what is
the stable boy hiding…?

 

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Traitor’s
Knife
Five
Gems Book 2
 
 
Secrets.
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 friend’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 isn’t as cozy as her
apprenticeship was expected to be. 
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Five
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With
her wealth of loyalist secrets, Fia’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, 
but
her journey amongst the horse folk takes unexpected turns.
Trapped
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.
And
with the Sunlight Stone traded for troops, how long will Erlandia’s
peace last?
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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.

 

At
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.

 

Afterward,
during her teenage years she tried very hard at various times to stop
writing all together.

 

 

Not
succeeding, she at last gave in to her addiction, and wrote “for
fun”.

 

 

Her
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.

 

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Kat, along with a tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit

Friday, February 15th, 2019

 

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.

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.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
The Autocon inside her body swam through her Shadow
tech like a giant parasite. It cajoled her along the way with its icy Shadow
tech voice:
“Do 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
… Do not die!”   
Kat, along with a
tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit.
 

 

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Diana inexperience and uncertainties have discouraged the charming Mr. John Richfield or has she?

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

 

For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.
When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand.

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Twenty-year-old Diana Forester, a country-bred young woman, fears that her inexperience and uncertainties have discouraged the charming Mr. John Richfield. 
 
On arriving back home from London, she learns that he has already arrived, ready to continue their acquaintance and explore whether they are suited for each other. 
 
If Diana thought that deciding her future marriage mate was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.
 

 

Snippet:
Mother sat alone in the sitting room when I entered. “Come have a seat, Diana,” she said, gesturing to the space on the settee next to her. “Your aunt hinted you had something you wanted to share with me.”
“Yes, I do.” I crossed the room. The entire trip from London I had spent thinking of the best way to approach this subject. All of my planning vanished the closer I got to my mother. By the time I sat down, my hands were damp with moisture. “You recall I met a Mr. Richfield in London, shortly after I first arrived?”
“Yes, you mentioned him several times in your letters.”
            Her tone was matter-of-fact, giving absolutely nothing away, which I should have expected. Mother was an expert at keeping her thoughts to herself. “Well—” I hesitated as I sought the right words. I rubbed my palms against my skirt. “At Aunt Forester’s last dinner party, Mr. Richfield asked for my permission to come speak to father.”
            For a moment, there was silence. “What was your answer?” Mother asked, as calm as ever.
            I bit my lip and found I could no longer meet her gaze. “I fear I may have spoken without thinking.” Back when I had said the words, I had been surprised. Now though, I realized just how mistaken I had been. “I said it’s always pleasant to have someone new visit.”
          “I see. Do you like him?”
            Ah, there was the question. “I think so.” I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “He is respectable, at least as far as Uncle Forester could discover. No one ever had a word to say against him. I think he is a good man.”
            “And yet, you don’t seem enthusiastic about marrying him.”
            “I have only known him for a few weeks.” It felt good to be able to talk this out with my mother, now the awkwardness of saying the words had passed. If anyone could help me untangle my feelings, it was her. “Is that enough time to know a person? You knew Papa your whole life before he proposed.”
            Mother’s hand came over mine. “Diana, look at me.” I lifted my eyes to hers. “You are the only one who can make this decision. It is your right to refuse an offer you find distasteful. However, you need to understand it is not likely you will have the opportunity to travel again and meet other people.”
            “I don’t find the offer distasteful. I don’t think I know him well enough to accept his hand in marriage.” I sighed. “I wish I had had the time to know more about him.”
            “Perhaps you will.”
            I shook my head. That seemed an impossibility. “Mama, the look on his face when I pretended I didn’t understand. I acted as if I were a senseless, empty-headed child! What kind of man would pursue me in the face of that?”
            “A man who would be understanding. Someone who would realize your shy nature.”
            Pulling my hand away, I reached to pour myself some much-needed tea. “There are other, much prettier girls with better dowries than I,” I remarked, adding just the right amount of cream and sugar. “I doubt I will ever see him again.”
            Of that, I was quite certain. I had spent hours considering what a mess I had made of the situation. Why would he chase after me when Miss Reynolds was on hand to charm and flirt with him? I sipped my tea as I watched my mother’s face. Her smile was one I couldn’t quite understand. Why did she look so amused?

 

            “Mr. Richfield is already here.”
 

 

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Diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder?…

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

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 Savior’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, “In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
 
In the mid 1990’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 wasn’t ill, or that it was “just anxiety”. 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.
Danice 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 God’s care and guidance through the distresses of life.

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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 Jesus’ word. In John 9 the people thought that the man was blind due to sin. But Jesus said that it was so “that the works of God should be made manifest in him,” (verse 3). Then Jesus anointed the man’s eyes with clay and spittle and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. And the man “went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing,” (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 don’t have to feel guilty when people claim that we must not have enough faith if we aren’t instantly healed. It takes faith to follow Jesus’ plan for us. “With his stripes we are healed,” Mosiah 14:5.

 

 


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The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an unexpected complication

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

 

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. 
 
When she’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. 
 
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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.
 
 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. 
 
Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?
 
 

 

Snippet:
Jonah picked at a piece of shredded
lettuce on his sandwich. “I’d do anything for my grandma. Besides, I love it
here, and I was ready for a change. A complete change.” He’d been dragging
around trying to paint post-Janet. This was a fresh start in many ways.
“She said you haven’t painted anything in a long time.” Kaya’s words
were hesitant, as though she wanted to ask, but didn’t want to pry.
“I hit a wall.” He paused. It felt wrong to gloss it over with Kaya,
though he didn’t know why. He went with the impulse. “I was dating someone
seriously. When it ended, I found I could only paint dark stuff. Stuff I
wouldn’t buy or hang, and definitely wouldn’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.” It had taken a long time for him to admit it was what he had to do.
“That seems to have changed.”
“What do you mean?”

 

“I saw the painting of Shyanne this morning; it’s nearly done, right? It’s beautiful. It takes my breath away, actually.”  
 

 


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He needs this job to honor his late wife.  She needs to complete her late fiancé’s bucket list to be free

Friday, December 21st, 2018

 

Jennifer lives in Arizona where she writes escapist fiction she calls “Cotton Candy for the Soul.”

 

 

He needs this job to honor his late wife.
 She needs to complete her late fiancé’s bucket list to be free.
Former action-movie star Chet has counted the days since he lost his wife last New Year’s Eve almost a year ago. When he’s given a shot at starring in a reboot of her favorite TV show, he jumps at it. But there’s a catch: the producers won’t hire him unless he can prove he’s regained emotional stability—by bringing a steady girlfriend to his five auditions.
Which means: five mandatory dates for this bereft widower.
Social worker Holly lost her fiancé to war. With his good life snuffed out too soon, she feels compelled to finish his bucket list of unselfish deeds. But four years later, several remain, and they’re ridiculously impossible. Until she accomplishes her soldier’s dreams, she can’t even consider moving on with her life.
When they meet on the beach at Getaway Bay, what she doesn’t know is homeless-looking mourner Chet is actually Colt Winchester, screen star and fashion icon. What he doesn’t know is that he’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?”

 

Snippet:
“Excuse me.” A server approached with a silver platter covered with frosted sugar cookies. “Would you care for a cookie?”
“Who says no to a sugar cookie?” Holly took two—a star and a snowman. “Thank you.” One bite of the star’s vanilla-almond buttercream frosting sent her mouth into ecstasy.
“These are good,” Chet ate his green-frosted Christmas tree in two bites.
“Did you try the snowman?” The frosting of her second cookie melted into a sweet coconutty heaven on her tongue. “Mmm. It’s childhood in a sugary bite.”
“Do you bake?” He spoke through a mouthful. “Mmm. Cookies are love.”
Chet caught Holly off guard. He hadn’t seemed like the type to make such a tender analogy.
“Ah, sometimes. And you’re right. Especially sugar cookies. They require so many steps I always just buy them.” She never made them. Not even for Rick. “The only thing that could motivate a person to make them is love of the recipients of the cookies.”
“That,” Chet said, “or a deep love of sugar cookies.”
“Gluttony could also be a motivator.”
“Where’s that platter? We should get more of those.” Spoken like a true hungry person.
Holly had never experienced true hunger, at least not physical hunger. Maybe Chet needed more cookies.
“If we walk around, we might run into the sugar cookie person again.” 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. “I think girlfriend is right for now.”
Girlfriend. Holly stared down at their clasped hands atop the green velvet tablecloth. His were rough, like they’d held a fishing rod in the sun for a lot of hours, day after day. She’d seen him on the shore.
“So that makes you my boyfriend.” The word sounded younger than she felt. The last four years had aged her. Against her collarbone, Rick’s unused wedding ring heated up again. “You work fast.”

 

“Not usually.”
 

 


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