What if the demon to slay was your own? Raelyn Witt’s life has imploded. Holding tight to devastating secrets, she’s spent a year putting the pieces back together. But when her brother falls victim to a baffling and deadly illness, and desperate for a cure, she puts everything else aside. In her frenzy to find answers, she discovers Alnok, a recently uncovered civilization in the fifth dimension. In a realm filled with towering castles, radiant kingdoms, and a dark history, a malevolent force worms its way into Earth. An enemy bent on destroying, not just her family, but the lives of everyone on Earth. As her brother’s condition worsens, and doctors struggle to find a cure, Raelyn joins four others on a quest to break the link between her world and Alnok. But the path isn't always what it seems, and hard choices must be made before they face the enemy of both realms. And Raelyn must battle her own demons, overcome her past, and accept a strength beyond her own to find the path to rescue her brother and protect all of humanity.
"Kilty As Charged has everything you could want: a very strong lead woman (Catriona); fast-paced storyline; lots of action; some huge Scotsmen; great dialogue and plenty of humor; a great cast of supporting characters; and even some time travel! A hilarious story told in a very interesting way. Throw in some mystery and intrigue and you've got yourself a great read....Amy Vansant has written a highly imaginative, mystery/love/humor-filled novel that leaves you wanting to read the next in the series ASAP!!!" ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ MMG
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Recipient of the 1st Place in Science Fiction CIPA EVVY award 2021
"A gripping story, thoughtfully written and very much character-led. A Red Ribbon Winner and highly recommended." --The Wishing Shelf Awards
A virus nearly wiped out the human race. But is controlled survival a future worth living?
The post-apocalyptic routine couldn't be better for Kate. Doing her part to rebuild the world's population, her pair Eric and their genetically privileged children are her pride and joy. But as her spouse becomes distant, she fears her flawless family is on the brink of collapse.
Confused and distraught as he continues to withdraw, Kate finds comfort in a handsome younger man who mentors her son. But just as she begins to make peace with the drastic shift in her life's trajectory, Eric suddenly reasserts his claim. And giving in to his renewed loyalty could set their carefully ordered society ablaze.
Will Kate build the life she dares desire or sacrifice everything for the greater good?
Tier 1 is the first book in the thrilling Tier science fiction trilogy. If you like heartfelt characters, clean romance, and thought-provoking takes on dystopia, then you'll adore Cindy Gunderson's binge-worthy tale.
2022 Maxy Award Winner in the Suspense and Horror Category Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category! "Knight has crafted a disturbing, horrifying, and eloquently written novel that expertly captures the sensations of desperation, fear, and confusion."--2021 BookLife Prize Fiction Contest. If you had the chance to bring back a lost loved one, but the cost was the death of an innocent person at your own hand, would you do it? In the year and a half since Jack Clausen lost his five-year-old daughter, RosaMarie, his life has fallen apart. His marriage is failing, he’s been fired from his job, and his drinking is problematic. Depressed and despondent, Jack steps off a platform into an oncoming commuter train. At the moment before impact, someone grabs him from behind and pulls him away from danger. His rescuer is a small person with unusual features who offers Jack a way to bring his daughter and son back, but there is a high price to pay. When Jack agrees to the deal but then refuses to pay his debt, events spiral out of control, leading to series of different realities, each worse than the one he originally tampered with. Identicals explores themes of loss, anger, fear, blame, self-loathing and redemption within the context of a fast paced, unique and suspenseful storyline.
Jacqueline Carey, author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series, says "Shorn is a striking debut, filled with skilled world-building” and “complex psychological tension.” Kirkus Reviews calls SHORN a “grand-scale fantasy” with “remarkable depth” and characters that are “emotionally relatable and endearing.” Jhared Denaban, a cursed soldier, enters his country's service desperate to pay the generations-old debt caused by his race’s betrayal. Though shorn of his wings, like all his treacherous kind, Jhared still burns with dark desires for rebellion and flight. Posted to the border to protect Avelos from invaders, he discovers that his best intentions inevitably turn toward chaos. As he seeks the source of political and magical threats, he must defend himself from the people who believe his death is the only way the ancestral debt can be settled. High Priestess Nemiah struggles to keep her people safe on the Sacred Path. Her temple lost its standing, as well as the faith of its followers, when its priestesses rose against their rulers. Now she seeks forbidden history and heretical secrets to learn how to fight the magic that shreds her country. Only by betraying Avelos once again can Jhared and Nemiah save their people from destruction. But what new chaos will their choices create? A tale of oppression and resilience, the high cost of vengeance, and the malleable nature of truth. Shorn carries us to a breathtaking new world on wings that won’t be broken.
Penny Briggs is a perfectly ordinary woman. Until her life takes a left turn at Albuquerque… I thought my marriage would be a fairy tale. Instead, I’ve put a thousand miles between me and my broken dream, starting over with temp job in Albuquerque. Prop shopping for a TV production takes my mind off my troubles — until I buy an old pair of glasses no one on the set can wear. Curious, I look through the lenses myself — and they show me a wild vision of a lonely desert canyon I’ve never seen before. A friend directs me and my weird glasses to her cousin, a brujo — a male witch — who specializes in weird. He’s also the most spectacularly handsome man I’ve ever seen, with black hair, dark eyes, and a flashing smile so dazzling, I almost miss his casual remark that my magic is powerful. Magic? What magic? I’m just an ordinary woman from an ordinary family. Yet as the two of us explore the mystery surrounding those supernatural glasses — and give in to our growing attraction — I discover a past I knew nothing about. And that there’s a dangerous reason it’s been hidden from me all these years….
The Adventure continues in WIZARD SEARCH, The Magic of Larlion, Book 4. "The war ends in victory for the young wizard Beneban and his friends, but his enemy’s evil lingers on. Enspelled by dark magic and fearing that his magic is gone with the death of the harkowl, Beneban disappears. Wandering with his magic sword, his giant feline companion, and a faithful tiny Worf servant, he is lost. New beginnings spring out of the peace in Larlion. The Forest Lady returns to her beloved Forest to heal her lonely heart and raise her fast-growing family. The Vardraken queen and her wizard consort settle at the Great Shrine and realize that ice dragons may be easier to raise than magical children. The Grand Lar, healing from Ztavin’s malevolent spell, finds joy in his friendship with a lovely and spirited tavern keeper. A new adventure begins as he sends an army to help his Ogdol friends retake their neighboring kingdom. With Beneban seeming lost to all hope, will Laraynia find comfort in the arms of the Mergol King? Can Forest magic and the Grand Lar’s power bring the young wizard back from the brink of death in time to foil the rise of their old enemy and save Og-dan from darkness? "Best wizardry I've come across since Harry Potter," said Meara Platt, bestselling author of The Dark Gardens series, about book 1, Wizard Stone. E-book of book 1 is FREE on Amazon, August 5 and 6! Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery.
From Book 1: Have you ever made a mistake that keeps coming back to haunt you?On the run from her ex-boyfriends powerful criminal family, Sara Jones hides in Billings, Montana. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package containing a hidden spider, she worries that the family has found her. Can she escape?
From its gut-grabbing prologue to its explosive conclusion, Gosss debut story gives new meaning to the phrase a blood-curdling adventure.Life takes an even more bizarre turn when Sara seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just whom can she trust?Then to make matters worse Sara's twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.
An imaginative fantasy-thriller that will stimulate your senses.Some things, like spiders trained to kill, may seem far-fetched, and cult members eating the flesh of cadavers may seem abhorrent, but Dracula set that table long ago. Besides, given Gosss endowment of the cult with an air of historical respectability, the story is more imaginatively acceptable for anyone predisposed to the fantasy genre.
Aisling and Prince Drayaen return home to Ireland in time to celebrate the holidays. But their festivities are short-lived. New enemies are threatening their way of life. As dark forces swirl around them, Aisling and the prince must destroy their adversaries to protect each other and everything they love.
A devastating plague… A cruel dictatorship… An autistic man who must learn to be a leader.
John is socially inept and friendless. When a pandemic all but wipes out humanity, the solitary life suits him well—at first. But events force him to make choices where he must work with, trust and then lead others. This is against all his natural instincts, but the freedom of the new society depends on it.
Yellow Death: Arrival is the first instalment of an epic story exploring morality and the essence of humanity. Arrival takes us through the end of civilisation and the circumstances which begin to sculpt a reclusive loner into a military commander. If you liked The Postman, you’ll love this post-apocalyptic adventure.
Pick up Yellow Death: Arrival today and begin your journey into the darker side of human nature.
CONTENT WARNING: This book is written in British English and intended for an adult audience. It covers adult themes and contains scenes of violence, sexual assault and swearing.
Not so cute and cuddly! Not a cozy mystery! Not like any crime story you've read. Serena McKay, P.I., lives in a post-apocalyptic dystopian time where the rich get richer and the poor are homeless. Existence in August City is nightmarish at best and disastrously chilling at worst. Serena has suffered from devastating emotional and physical abuse but she continues to do her job in spite of it. Fans of Jessica Jones and post-apocalyptic fiction will love Purple Kitty!
In 1772, amidst the ancient ruins and standing stones of western Ireland, a young woman inherits an army, a fleet of ships, and special powers. To keep her magic, she journeys to the East Kingdom and meets her greatest challenge -- a warrior prince whose love threatens to destroy them both. Together, they face ruthless enemies and royal intrigue, fighting for survival and a chance for enduring love.
"Your son’s invisible friend is not imaginary." Kate’s little boy has a new buddy, one even he can’t see. Can’t hear. Can’t feel. Yet, it’s feeding him information about the world. And about the future. He is using this thing, this undetectable entity, to advance at school. And to help Kate gamble. Despite her addiction.
But, for every morsel of knowledge, his friend demands a favor in return. And those favors are growing increasingly cruel and depraved. It is only a matter of time until people start to die.
How can Kate defeat an entity that knows her plans before she thinks of them? How does she rid her son of a buddy who helps him more than she can? And what if her son doesn’t want to say goodbye?
For a paranormal mystery with a psychic entity that may tear apart a single mother and her young son, grab your copy of Best Buddies today.
My Gran used to say, “There are times when the only way out is a lead pill.” These are stories when things got that bad. A Lead Pill is the second collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE. Stories of loneliness and betrayal, of false hope and shattered dreams, of gifts and regrets, of love and accidental kindness. Each story follows separate paths that lead to the understanding that sometimes the only solution is a lead pill. A life of stacked years never knowing that it was all in service to a memory in Service Up. What do you do when life has outlived the reason to be alive in Tired of Living. Finding love in the strangest places can lead to some strange results in Passing it Forward. The desperate do desperate things that they soon come to regret in Haymaker. She wanted the power, she just didn’t want to be used by it in The Refusal. All your life you have wanted something but maybe you didn’t know what that was in The Touch. His love of numbers led him to ask for something that turned out to be something else entirely in Adding it up.
We are guarded by immortals when we dream.
Dream thieves watch over the unconscious wanderings of the human mind, plucking out the most dangerous dreams before they can take root and turn us into monsters. Malcolm Jones has been a dream thief since the dawn of time, but for once, he has failed. Sifting through the chaos in the mind of his latest target, he has left behind fragments of a particularly dark and twisted dream, ugly seeds that he knows will blossom into an unholy idea. If he can’t find this woman again and finish the job he bungled, this dreamer will create a very real cataclysm that will damn the entire human race. All he has to go on are fragments; his only help are his fellow dream thieves and a few trusted humans. And Malcolm is running out of time.
The Dream Thief is Book One in the Hands of Time series from Leann M. Rettell.
An anthology featuring twenty new science fiction stories for Sci-Fi lovers written by fourteen authors in four countries. Members of the Science Fiction Novelists Facebook group, like the two professional editors, each has a deep love for science fiction. Prepare for adventurous wonder. Bits of terror Aliens Twisted reality Dystopian dust Whispers of fantasy, and Hard science. Gun play? Yes, there's some of that too.
The return of the world's first Artificially Intelligent Private Investigator, Raymond 3000. Sentenced with other Andro-Americans to a concentration camp for alleged crimes against the state, Raymond is temporarily freed to help find who is behind a series of terrorist bombings targeting the city.
The ancient world reveres and dreads the fierce ha-mazaans. Now, an Oracle has prophesied their destruction. Heir to the Defender’s Throne in the city of Themiscyra, Cyra is eager to fulfill her role as protector of the ha-mazaan sisterhood. Instead, she is betrayed, kidnapped as war-bounty, and shipwrecked with a handful of warriors in a foreign, hostile land. As Cyra leads her people on a perilous odyssey home, she is forced to choose between new love and old loyalties, and between the old ways and the future she was promised—a future she considers a curse. Too late, Cyra will discover that those she trusts most are pursuing destinies of their own, and some will stop at nothing to see their treacherous prophecies fulfilled. Will Cyra follow her heart, or will she yield to her prophesied destiny? And what will become of the ha-mazaans—and their legacy in history—if those two paths collide?
He has a secret, but when mine is exposed… his will look like child’s play. Two years ago, a hot werewolf stole my heart. It was bliss until he disappeared like a shadow in the night. I picked up the shattered pieces of my soul and opened an agency to use my tracker skills and help others find the love of their lives. Oh, the irony! Then Jake Knight returns, determined to drag me into a life of danger. A war is brewing between St. Louis’s vampire and werewolf factions. A prominent alpha has been kidnapped and Jake needs me to track him before it’s too late. Refusing him is easier said than done. It turns out Jake is my fated mate, and it’s impossible to deny him. More than that, he has a secret, and it’s the reason he left me. Finding out his reasons is enough to tempt me to risk my life and change my peaceful world forever. If you enjoy Illona Andrews, K.F. Breene, Shannon Mayer, Annette Marie, Leia Stone, or Jaymin Eve then prepare to enjoy a witty and fierce heroine. Step into the Mate Tracker Agency and find your soulmate.
Ora Stone's memories were erased for her protection. She is a witch, hidden in the human realm, hidden from the others of her kind, protected by ancient magic.
On her first day of college, she loses her amulet, releasing her long-dormant powers. Purely by accident, she performs a levitation spell, an action that breaks the Concealment Code and summons Protectors from Conjuragic to investigate. She is arrested and taken Across the Veil to stand trial for her crimes.
In prison, she must work with her Defender to rediscover her past and prove her innocence, but the prejudice against her is daunting. Just when Ora thinks all hope is lost, she discovers her family's secret buried deep in the heart of a conspiracy within the political world of Conjuragic. Will she decide to fight back, risking her family's exposure, or leave her fate in the hands of the tribunal?
In a city shattered by gravity, packs of feral children roam the streets, playing, fighting, stealing, and surviving. Magpie is odd even by feral standards, and the other kids taunt him and call him Goblin. Nothing makes him happier than talking to the crows that follow him and collecting his pretty rocks and rings, feathers and glasses and other shiny things. The bullies in his pack say he is useless and kick him out. In this city he won’t survive long on his own. Then a chance encounter with two mysterious kids named Grammar and Neverwhen changes his life. He teaches them how to survive, and they teach him how to read and what hugs and friends are. But his vindictive former pack leader hates Magpie’s new pack and will go to any lengths to ruin Magpie’s happiness. He’s been called useless and worthless his whole life. But if he can’t find the self-acceptance and courage to stop his old bully, his new life will be destroyed.
Tausi, son of the legendary Captain Ngala, has risen to the edge of power as higher glories await him on bloody horizons. Now the lord of his own ship, The Ube, he reaves the Mirror Sea to spread the fame of Song City, once a den of monsters in Shallow Bay. Every doubt he meets with the end of a sword in a time where every step he takes carries risk, and no more so when his father Ngala brings together the great corsair-lords to scheme against the shining empires in the west. Whispers of treasure and vengeance abound as dire plans take shape for an invasion when a fleet suddenly appears. Massed by the imperial slavers of Latia, the most powerful of the corsairs’ many foes, a hellish siege stokes the flames of hatred and war. Soon everything Tausi holds dear in the world will be pushed to the line in a battle for their lives. Every sunrise brings fresh evils, every sunset new destruction, and before the end mayhem will rage across the sea. Revenge, romance, and valor clash in this pulse-pounding sequel to The Curse of Shallow Bay. For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Enemy at the Gates, take up arms and join the fight At The Mirror’s Edge.
The island of Niue, 1944. On this remote island, deep in the South Pacific, about 1,500 miles from its closest neighbor, it hardly feels like a war is on. Angelie, a 17-year-old Australian girl, is waiting out the war on the island, where warm tropical winds blow through her hair almost as gently as native islander Will Tongahai's eyes graze her body. But the arrival of an African archaeologist and his German consort unsettle the inhabitants of this tranquil isle, and Angelie begins to wonder if the war hasn't finally reached their shores. As Angelie and Will are drawn to the suspicious pursuits of the new visitors - an ancient statue, a fantastic myth - a series of vivid dreams about deserts and long forgotten prophecies ensnares them. The lovers discover that their destiny, one forged thousands of years earlier, is not only bigger than their prospective future together, but makes a mere world war look like child's play.
From Book 1: "A bright fantasy for readers who are tired of exaggerated violence and slippery morals." -- Kirkus Reviews
Lana can draw arcane powers from gemstones. When she started reading the folklore, it sounded farfetched. Maybe she should have closed the books right then and walked away, because special abilities are nothing but trouble. Someone always wants you to do something impossible. Or dangerous. Usually both. Like going through a portal to save an oppressed race in another world. In this case, gnomes, whose ruler happens to be a gem master with unimaginable powers.
Lana decides an exploratory mission seems harmless. She can visit the other world and come up with a plan. Who knew there would be flying serpents, carnivorous insects, and goblin-like mutant gnomes? Or that she'd end up in a dungeon while the queen decides whether to kill her or turn her into an enchanted creature? The gem master hopes to rule Lana's world next and plans are in motion. Lana is determined to escape from the dungeon, but then what? She has two potential allies with gem powers, and she's afraid of both. But with two worlds in danger, and time running out, she may have to trust them.
This is a standalone novel without loose ends or a cliffhanger ending, but the resolution opens the door for further adventures. Pick up book 2, Shadowglade, and book 3, < ...
Thrown into the abyss and captured by a devil, Zaki risks hell to escape. The daughter of the infamous corsair Captain Ngala and heir to his power, Zaki always understood the risks and danger paid for her freedom, but nothing can prepare her for what awaits in the halls of The Tide—home to the vilest of evils. Hunted by a creature bent on enslaving her to his whims and discovering the secret needed to break the world of the corsairs, a game of cat and mouse starts, peopled by nightmares from Zaki’s past. Forced to recount the horrors of her days in punishing detail, she must resist all attempts to be broken as she searches for a way out. Deeper into memory she goes the crueler the devil’s tortures become, but past the agony something awaits in the back of her mind, a scheme to put the fires of hell at bay. On the back of a warrior weathered by the world, a new spirit will be forged, steeled with the courage needed to spit in damnation’s face. In this epic conclusion to the SALT SONGS a fierce soul leads the way by the stroke of her sword! For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and SAW, watch as Zaki fights back as The Queen in Silver.
From Book 1: >The Amazon All-star Bestselling Author Willow Rose draws you into a place that you never want to leave! Death is only the beginning!Meghan is 16 when she dies.
She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.
On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world filled with magic.
One day some of Meghan's roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them - well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan knows something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.
Beyond is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance and the first book in the Afterlife series.
˃˃˃ Praise:- Willow Rose definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. She balanced fantasy and intense emotion brilliantly. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys the paranormal.
- I loved this book! It was really good and just warm with a touch of darkness to it (...) Its good stuff!
- Death & Life meet with a twist. Definitely worth a read!
- Loved every minute of it! I ...
Lithir and Bruno are sent to find the traitor who plotted to kill Alfrahil. If they are to be successful in their mission, centuries of distrust between their races must be overcome. As the unlikely duo enters the Dwarven mines of Nerea, they confront a maniacal sect, whose power threatens to consume all Dwarves with hatred. Desperate to learn the secrets of an ancient seer, they travel deep into the Elven and Dwarven realms, facing their most dire challenges yet. They must rely on each other to survive, but can they escape the traps set for them by their very own people?
Gods, monsters, and magic school. Class will never be the same. I thought that I was just a normal girl. Well except for being sickly with a bad back and asthma. But then my family was lost in a tragic accident and then next thing I know Hermes is knocking at my door. Yeah, that Hermes - the Greek god. He tells me I'm special and shows me the how to partially shift to release the wings in my back. Suddenly the pain that's been there my whole life is gone...and I can fly! Well sort of. I've got a lot to learn. So it's off to Mount Olympus Academy where my teachers are gods and my classmates are vampires, werewolves, and witches. There's also...Val. He's a vampire, and I can't stop thinking about him even though interspecies dating is taboo. I think he might like me too...even though I did accidentally set him on fire the first time we met. Awkward! It's not all fun and games, though. MOA has a darker side and the more time I spend here, the more secrets I uncover. And the worst secret of all just might be about me. Fire & Flood is a young adult magic academy fantasy novel with non-stop action. It contains a spunky heroine, one best friend with the gift of sight...to see tomorrow's lunch menu, a mean-girl vampire roommate with a carnivorous plant, and a meet-cute with her roommate's hot twin brother that almost kills them both. Percy Jackson meets Vampire Academy in this fun new series! Classes start now - one-click to enroll with Edie at Mount Olympus Academy!
None can resist the ravages of time. Knowledge is lost. Memories fade. But some things must never be forgotten. Over 400 years ago, twelve great warriors united the beleaguered armies of men and scoured the war-torn lands of evil, pushing the enemy back into the underground pits and caverns from whence they came. To ensure their legacy, each of the Twelve founded fortress monasteries to impart their unique knowledge of war and politics to a select few, the Knights of the Twelve. But now the last of the Twelve have long since passed from history to legend and the Knights, their numbers dwindling, are harbouring a dark and terrible secret that must be protected at all costs. Merad Reed has spent half his life guarding a great crater known as the Pit, yearning for some escape from the bleak monotony. Then the arrival of Aldarin, one of the few remaining Knights of the Twelve, sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will change Reed forever. To the north, Jelaïa del Arelium, heiress to the richest of the nine Baronies, must learn to navigate the swirling political currents of her father’s court if she hopes one day to take his place. But the flickering flames of ambition hide the shadow of an even greater threat. And deep within the earth, something is stirring.
For Sage, fitting in with her new classmates is a matter of life or death. Literally. Dragged out of hiding after her parents are killed, Sage is forced to enroll in the Institution. There, she’ll learn to be a model citizen of Eprah. But model citizens are murderers. And when everyone is granted autonomy to be judge, jury, and executioner, it’s far too easy to wind up dead. To stay alive, Sage will have to convince everyone of her unwavering loyalty to Eprah — which means turning her back on everything she’s ever believed. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent, you will love this gripping new dystopian world. Start reading the completed series today.
All good things come to an end…but not if she can help it. The life Dahlia built in Sentinel City is over, shattered by betrayal and crushed beneath the rubble of a world she’s come to love. But, in the apocalypse, grief is a luxury none can afford. Least of all, the scaled vigilante fighting to protect them. With half her team MIA, creatures rampaging the streets, and humanity facing destruction, Dahlia struggles to put out more fires than one shapeshifter can handle. All the while, the damaged veil between the worlds is eroding faster. Exits are multiplying, giving the blight free reign to devour all in its path. Relishing in the chaos: the mad scientist bent on seizing Earth for his own devious plan. In a race against time, Dahlia must find a way to save what remains of this tragic new reality—before the Renewal extinguishes all life on the linked worlds. The dragon inside her is done sitting quietly in the background. Exit Strategy is the 5th and final book in the Nite Fire Series.
Take your pick of maniacal Christmas bots, unexpected visitors from other worlds, omnipotent in-laws over for dinner, or a time travel mission gone terribly wrong. Or perhaps you prefer festive androids, an unusual champion of might, genetic breakthroughs, or a celebration of a traditional nativity on a future colony. Will you suffer holiday misery or enjoy the seasonal festivities? Do the spirits of Christmas bring loneliness and heartache, or cheer and laughter? Whether you simply endure December or fully celebrate the holidays, this anthology of thirteen yuletide tales is sure to satisfy your speculative fiction craving and make your winter a little brighter.
A jobless jester and a misguided magpie wander into a land where technology is booming… but trouble is brewing! Dame Elsebet de Whellen has ruled her mildly magical, high-tech country for 50 prosperous years. Now it's facing a crisis three generations in the making, and the bold steps she's taken to save it have gone disastrously off the rails. Naturally she’s going to pray for the help of a brave and selfless hero. Of course it will go wrong. Obviously instead of a hero, she’ll get an exiled jester and his bantering bird. That jester would be Malfred Murd: poet, acrobat, wielder of wit. He’s cynical— twenty years of playing the Fool for an unappreciative wet blanket of a King will do that to a fellow—as well as broke, blacklisted and reduced to eating lizards caught by his self-appointed guardian, a sassy magpie with a longing for adventure. All Fred wanted was a few coins to keep him off the dirt streets. But he gets more, far more. Like it or not, he and Dame Elsebet are about to get hopelessly entangled in a desperate mission that might cost a Fool his life and a people their future.
Warnings echo through the woods…
Born with the mark of the scribe, Raela is bound to the prophetic book that directs her people underground to escape the invasion of their homeland. As the prophecy warns, this event signals a worsening doom on the horizon.
But the book that promises to sustain her life continues to divide her heart. Her fierce lover, Rebial, is a man of the woods—ready to fight a war to save the trees. He believes the tribe’s aging seer has misconstrued the prophecy. Unfairly denied his warrior status, he yearns to stay behind and protect the sacred forest they call home.
But passions left to smolder can be unpredictable. And sometimes an invisible enemy does the most damage.
Will their choices smother or enliven flames?
Marked by magic, tested in blood and fire, King Hesleof is the ruler of Calibran, a bridge to his people and a bulwark against the wild chaos that once decimated his kingdom. Accompanied by his loyal sergeant-at-arms, the minotaur Ruric, Hesleof rides to meet the wise dragon Lyrroth the Benevolent, there to learn the true nature of a darkness which threatens to overwhelm everything he holds dear. But there are threats unknown even to that immortal beast: a challenger in the shifting lands of the North, warped by malice and self-delusion; a shimmering discovery in the mines of Them Darhul that presages a bloody rebellion; and a long-forgotten army intent on bringing the land back under the yoke of its ancient masters.
There’s something magical about that sense of terror that grips you in the middle of sleep, when your heart pounds, you can’t catch your breath, and you know the monster is seconds away from grabbing you. While these pages occasionally record the odd hallucination or vision from beyond, you’ll find no dream sequences here. These nine stories are designed to induce nightmares. In “La Japonesa” by Lisa Morton, a college professor chasing tenure comes face to face with something with sharp claws and even sharper teeth. Weston Ochse cuts deep in “Glue and the Art of Supermodel Maintenance.” Officer Warren Hastings can’t escape the crime he didn’t prevent in Yvonne Navarro’s “Recall.” In Jennifer Brozek’s “Twenty Questions,” Sara discovers some games must be played until the end. E.S. Magill reminds us that every civilization has its myths of supernatural protectors of the natural world. During a hiking expedition, Harris Kimball encounters the spectral guardians of California’s Santa Lucia Mountains, whose mission is to stop the greatest threat to nature: humans. In Angel Leigh McCoy’s “The Haunting of Mrs. Poole,” Amelia seems to have it all: wealthy husband, devoted sister, perfect daughter…and a gothic mansion on the shore of the James River where nothing is what it seems. The line between reality and delirium blurs for an exhausted new mother in Alison J. McKenzie’s “Into the Quiet.” In Bill Bodden’s “The House on River Road,” Ed and Jerry discover some urban legends are more ...
From Book 1: For fans of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries comes a new addiction impossible to put down.
She's in love with her best friend. A family grudge could tear them apart. And a supernatural secret could get them killed…Robyn can't picture life without her childhood best friend Jayden. And now that theyre in high school in the sleepy town of Shadow Hills, shes hoping they can take their friendship to the next level. But when their parents suddenly forbid them from seeing each other because of a centuries-old family quarrel, the few blocks between them might as well be worlds apart. She also can't help but wonder if the flirty new girl in their neighborhood with her sights set on Jayden has put another nail in the coffin.
While her parents keep her under lock and key, they let her older brother roam free late into the night… even after a local girl is found murdered. Between her brothers nighttime excursions and her parents odd behavior, Robyn starts to worry that the killer may be living under her own roof. When danger lurks around every corner, Robyn must decide if shes willing to risk her family and her life for a chance at true love.
Flesh and Blood is the first novel in The Vampires of Shadow Hills YA paranormal romance series. If you like star-crossed chemistry, headstrong heroines, and riveting family drama, then youll love Willow Roses heart-throbbing series.
A post-apocalyptic zombie thriller romance by International Bestselling Author, Nikita Slater. Only the strongest can survive in a hostile world ravaged by a disease that turns humans into primitives. Taran. I am the Desert Wren, a rebel bent on providing safe passage to illegal refugees entering into my Sanctuary city. If I'm caught I will be executed, but the price is worth the privilege of doing what I know is right. Except when I'm finally caught, the sentence isn’t death, it’s worse. It's my freedom. Diogo. It’s my job as Warlord to weed out the weak and sacrifice them for the good of the Sanctuary. Brutal and autocratic, I am the highest authority in this land. The only threat to my dictatorship is a rebel faction rising up from the slums of my Sanctuary. When I arrest a rebel leader, the Desert Wren, I see my redemption. My captive bride will help me guide Sanctuary into the future. What is the price of Sanctuary in a dying world and is it worth the sacrifice? Sanctuary’s Warlord is the first book in a trilogy. All three books are now available! This book is a dystopian thriller romance with sensitive subject matter that may offend some readers, please read at your own risk.
Mae Lin Zhou has struggled to live up to her father’s expectations all her life. When her dying grandmother chooses her to carry the family’s ability to make luck, she thinks this is her chance. If she can learn to control her new power.
Whisked away to Kismet Academy, Mae Lin finds herself thrust into a world of djinn, leprechauns, and wishers. Everyone seems so confident in their gifts and their place, leaving her feeling lost and alone. There is something sinister calling to Mae Lin, the lure of a long-buried secret on the grounds of the academy. One her grandmother warned her about in her last fortune– an angry djinn more powerful than any before him with a vendetta against her family.
And he just might make Mae Lin break the one rule at Kismet Academy: never say I wish.
Eleven original stories with diverse science fiction themes and speculative bodies of law. They can also be just, superfluous, or downright wrong. Second laws are (by design) less important than primary decrees. But depending on how regulations are ordered, the second law might be imperative for social stability, morality, or survival. In these stories, future corporate espionage remains rampant. Humans and robots swap identities. Space pirates exact frontier justice at their own peril. Greed and lust ingrained in humanity, wreaks havoc. Teenagers fight robots for their freedom. An outbreak binds a couple together with a strong nuclear force. An immortal risks all for what is morally right, a drug-addicted man struggles to break his destructive cycle. Aliens attempt to assimilate a Denver neighborhood. A necromancer-hunter struggles between his duty for work and his family. Soldiers fight off psycho fairies...and Greek Gods give a flawed man a chance for redemption. Join the journey with these unsuspecting characters as they learn from their encounters -- or suffer a tragic fate...
United States, 2072 With the country under the threat of war, a group of time-traveling government agents devise a risky plan to keep their families safe. But transporting hundreds of years to the past and blending in may prove much more dangerous than they expected. Cyber Criminal Enforcement Agent Christine Stewart has been to the past before and thinks she knows what to expect. She couldn't be more wrong. Life in the eighteenth century is anything but ideal, especially when they learn a rogue agent with plans to strike it rich follows them back in time. Armed with a modern-day weapon, the agent may disrupt the timeline in the most disastrous way and alter history as they know it. Now they're refugees in their own homeland, and how they proceed will determine their fate. Will they crash and burn in their race to stop the defector before it's too late?
“Swathed in small-town gossip and values, the fantastical novel - combines murder mystery, magic, and mayhem for an exciting tour of a family’s history and trauma.” - 5 stars, Clarion review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Trouble and Magic comes in Threes. The Rowan siblings, Vic, Pip, and Liam, must solve their mother's murder to heal a haunted past in this emotional page-turner.Reviewers are calling the book: an emotional page-turner that they could not put down. "Hooked from the first page" and "kept you on the edge of your seat." "Spellbinding."
Fans of Practical Magic, The Witches of New York, Twin Peaks, and those who dream of visiting Star Hollow will enjoy.
⭐ NOTE: Trigger warnings, see listing for details.
⭐ GENRE: Magical Realism, contemporary, women's fiction, and literary fiction.
Jack loves his life. Yeah, he lives at the edge of a warzone between armies of monstrosities. You call it dangerous. Jack calls it Tuesday. Folks in town aren’t too keen on a fourteen-year-old running the only bar, but Jack has it under control. Maybe his customers trash the place more than he would like, but sometimes cybernetically enhanced mercenaries need to blow off some steam. With the help of Zeke—friend, mentor, monkey—Jack serves drinks to anyone who comes through his door. And for the right price, he might even sell you something with a bit more kick … something magical. When Corva gets knocked through the wall of his bar, Jack decides to help her out. Sure she’s being chased by a pack of bounty hunters and she’s got no idea why. But she can fight. Holy hell, she can fight. Jack could use someone like that to keep a little order in the bar. That should be a win-win, but Jack’s and Corva’s problems are bigger than either of them can guess, big enough change the course of the war. Fulcrum is a post-Armageddon dystopian science fiction fantasy with a taste of anime. Technology, magic, and a badass monkey. The drinks aren’t on the house, but you’re welcome to stay until last call. Note: This is not a YA story. This dark future is violent and contains profanity.
A girl with no powers, a clueless mage, magical creatures, a long journey and a war about to begin. At thirteen, Ari knows that life is difficult. To find her only relative still alive, Ari must leave her little village and travel to the city of the King facing a long and dangerous journey. Wes is a young soldier, but also a mage who understands very little of magic. He only knows that he better keep his magic power secret. But, one day, he draws upon himself the unwanted attention of the King. In a world plagued by undead, dragons and magical creatures from a different era, Ari and Wes must complete a difficult journey. To survive, they will need all their talents, even the ones they don’t know they have.
Stabbed. Burned by a dragon. Abandoned for the windrocs to pick over. The traitor Ra’aba tried to silence Hualiama forever. But he reckoned without the strength of a dragonet’s paw, and the courage of a girl who refused to die. Only an extraordinary friendship will save Hualiama’s beloved kingdom of Fra’anior and restore the King to the Onyx Throne. Flicker, the valiant dragonet. Hualiama, a foundling, adopted into the royal family. The power of a friendship which paid the ultimate price. This is the tale of Hualiama Dragonfriend, and a love which became legend.
It's the year 2268 in the Kingdom of Canard. Jason has earned enough rewards to secure a beautiful girlfriend and lavish lifestyle. Until his unforgivable mistake. Now they’re trying to kill him. In a world where a person’s worth is measured by points and evil lurks around every corner, who will win the game of survival?
The world ended. Then things got tough. Shane Collins and Lucas Maddox are the last two US Marshals after a global cataclysm that destroyed most of modern civilization. They’re still on the job, fighting the good fight, although they’re no longer fully human and maybe not entirely sane. Witches and werewolves were not covered in their training as US Marshals. Then again, neither was the Apocalypse. It’s hard enough trying to navigate a new world of monsters, magic, and no decent takeout. Then there’s the strange magic corrupting the land that affects them more now that Shane is tied to the collections of magical energy throughout the countryside, and Lucas has an ancient elemental spirit riding shotgun in his head. Yeah, they never mentioned this stuff in training. The Wasteland Marshals series is an action-packed near-future post-apocalyptic thriller full of grim ghosts, legendary creatures, shifters, and elemental spirits, brave survivors, loyal friends, and found family. This omnibus includes the first four novellas: Wasteland Marshals, Witch of the Woods, Ghost of the Past, and Shutdown Crew. Full of action, magic, intrigue, and found family, Wasteland Marshals is a perfect book for fans of Supernatural and Jericho.
The Devil Pulls the Strings, described as The Librarians meet The Magicians is a 76,000-word epic fantasy adventure set in modern-day Wentzville, MO, New York City, and 1813 Genoa, Italy, where time travel, twisted history, Slavic mythology, secret societies, Paganini’s music and one haunted hero collide.
Paganini born in 1782, was the world's first Rockstar of his day, known as the world's greatest violinist who revolutionized violin technique. And rumor has it, his mother gave Paganini's soul to the Devil so Paganini could be the world's greatest violinist.
Imagine a world where that's true.
Then you'd be immersed in the world of The Devil Pulls the Strings..
Boone Daniels (22) has problems, debilitating panic attacks, gut-wrenching guilt, a wendigo haunting him since age six, and now he almost killed his best friend in a joust. But when he fills in for his injured friend at a New York gig, he goes to meet the gig’s contact at his NYC brownstone and a body falls from the brownstone balcony and the place explodes with gunfire. Boone barely escapes but uncovers a sinister plot to perform a rare Paganini piece that summons the Devil to trap Baba Yaga and destroy modern-day New York City.
He finds himself on a race through time to capture the cursed melody. Along the way, a Romani immortal, steampunk vampires and Baba Yaga set the stage for war, and Boone shall have to risk death for redemption. Because all Boone wants is to keep a pro ...
When an immortal relocates to the Tarthian Empire, where should they go first? What places should they avoid? More importantly, who should they avoid? A tongue-in-cheek look at what relocating to the Tarthian Empire would be like for the immortals in books by Kayelle Allen. A bit of fiction, written in a non-fiction way, the book offers guidance from Joss Avaton, one of the immortals. She provides dire warnings about who not to cross, and what to do about pesky Mundanes (namely, those annoying humans), and who among the Chosen is not to be trusted. The role playing game of Peril is spelled out, with downloads for character sheets and rules. Includes a who's who among the immortals, and stats of the players, with never before revealed secrets about Luc Saint-Cyr, Pietas, and others. A must have for fans of the Tarthian Empire series. This handy guide will inform, entertain, and provide peeks behind the curtain. A LitRPG / GameLIT handbook featuring the game played by immortals, Peril.
Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl's abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest. While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison's life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she'll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?
He gave her a gift. Using it could bring her to madness. Ireland, 1795. Esme Doherty believes the best of everyone. Despite a drunken father, a bullying twin sister, and a failing farm, the impoverished girl refuses to allow her sunny demeanor to dim. But when her grandfather gives her a magical brooch that enables her to detect lies, she finds her idealism crashing towards a pit of despair. Wanting only for a family amid the newfound darkness in the world, Esme flees with a trader to seek normalcy in a small village. But after her new neighbors accuse her of witchcraft and she suffers multiple miscarriages, she feels helpless to stand against her fiendish sibling’s designs on her magic… Can Esme recover from life’s vicious blows before a selfish, jealous woman claims her power? Legacy of Truth is the bewitching second book in The Druid's Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, emotional intrigue, and fairy enchantments, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s moving struggle. Buy Legacy of Truth for the consequences of honesty today!
A brutal new Ice Age covers the Earth…
When an experiment to reverse climate change goes disastrously wrong, Jarred and his daughter Hope are forced to head south in search of warmth. This man-made eternal winter shows no signs of stopping, and with temperatures continuing to plummet, fears of a new ice age drive survivors into a panic.
Jarred and Hope don’t have the wilderness skills needed to survive this disaster. But when their car spins out of control, they’re forced to fend for themselves in the ruthless and unforgiving forest surrounding them. And as they journey through the snow-swept wilderness, they slowly discover they are not alone…
Survivalist Fiona knows how to deal with a harsh winter on her own, but this new world is deadly. She’s got a cabin stockpiled and is all alone until she runs across Benjy, a forest ranger who’s ready to help, but has his own reasons for staying with her.
Civilization is crumbling. There’s no electricity. The cold is getting worse, and resources are scarce. To survive, Jarred and Hope will have to find allies they can trust, and push themselves harder than they ever imagined. Because even a moment’s weakness in this harsh icy wasteland can mean only one thing. Freezing to death in the merciless cold…
A vampire who's lost everything he cared about searches for solace in all the wrong places. Zacharias, a former flight trainer in Gabriel's Legion, was accused and convicted of an abominable crime, then banished to Earth. Now a vampire in the Santa Cruz nest, he struggles to find the confidence he lost, hiding his pain in all the worst ways. But a wolf is in town. A wolf unlike any Zach has met before. His smiles are unsettling, his scent soothing, his voice an achingly sweet song that touches Zach's spirit.
The alpha male speaks with few words, but always with truth. Ryder makes Zach want to believe again, but hope is a soul strangler and can't be trusted. A wolf betrayed by his alpha and his own cowardice can sometimes find redemption. Ryder believes he failed his original pack. He followed the orders of a sadistic alpha, going against his nature and turning his back on weaker pack members even though they desperately needed his help. He could have stepped up, challenged the prime alpha and taken charge. Saved lives. But the fates have given him another chance. Ryder is now the second-in-command under an alpha he greatly respects. He'll work to heal the harm he's responsible for and will remain loyal to his Prime until the end of his days.
Only someone may need him even more.
Ryder knows the beautiful male with the face of an angel, the grace of a Fresian stallion, and the feisty nature of an alley cat is hurting. He thinks he can hide his pain fr ...
*This is General-Literary fiction and Magical Realism or Science Fiction. Death parts us all. A magical real quest to find home in a place no one can see. When a combat cameraman falls into a coma, the military takes advantage of his state by implanting new technology into his brain—technology that captures and records his thoughts. But when he wakes up two decades later, he’s left to grapple with this decision that was never his to make. Death is swift, easy. Dying? Now, that’s the hard part; stuck in limbo between painful life and merciful death, unable to move or control the outcome. It’s the ultimate torture, and something Newman Jones has had to experience for twenty years. A combat cameraman serving his last mission in Iraq, Newman is ready to finally settle down with his fiancé. But on January 1st, 2002, an IED explodes, overturning his uparmoured Humvee. Death meets all his comrades while Newman falls into a coma. Under the order of an anonymous CIA director, Newman is hidden from the world and sent to a Top Secret research facility where he is implanted with a device to capture and record his thoughts. And for twenty years, he remained there—until the day he awakened. Awake and confused, Newman’s world is shattered. When the implanted device malfunctions and Newman is called back by the doctors, he ignores their request, following the soft whispers of a sacred crow to guide him home. The device continues streaming his thoughts to the military so the doctors sent for ...
What’s buried in the sand has slept for centuries. Some things should never be exhumed... When Egyptologist Samuel Clayton inherits a gold talisman with unusual markings, he’s driven to uncover its secrets. Where did it come from? What do they mean? And why when receiving it did a flood of forgotten memories and the ethereal red-headed beauty—who had seduced him in his youth—return with malice? His alliance with a questionable organisation, a team of scientists with agendas, and nightmarish visions plague him. Undeterred and locked within a destiny that will either consume or destroy him, he finds himself face to face with a vampire, whose very existence is tied to his past. Love, loss, and twisted truths have weaved through the vampire Kesha’s long life, and now an old threat is at her door. Pulled from her sanctuary in Scotland, she knows what must be done. She must stop the rising to keep the status quo and kill the one responsible. Then she meets the one who brings the dead to their deeds. The one they call Anubis. What is he to her? What justice is to be served, and on who? The narrative of Samuel and Kesha winds through time to weave a rich, expansive world, revealing a tale of love, loss, lies and the very heart of human existence. Not all is as it seems. Truth has been corrupted and lies given seed. A thrilling read for fans of Anne Rice, Wilbur Smith, Dan Brown, J.R. Ward or Deborah Harkness. Warning 18+ ★★★★★ – “A thrilling genre-bl ...
Can an outlaw save a broken world? Shade is deadly and a little broken. But in a land where goodness lost and heroes died, he might be the best hope Evendar has. Yet Night Riders are not heroes and he cannot restore a conquered nation alone. Four unlikely heroes will rise, marked by tragedy and fate. Together, they have one chance to save a legacy greater than nations, armies, and songs. NIGHT RIDER is an epic fantasy in a world with hints of hope, for fans of The Witcher & LOTR. Updates weekly on Kindle Vella. Read the first 3 episodes for free!
The fight for their lives, their love, and the world begins! Sonora's love of the sea leads her to discover something in the depths of the oceans that shouldn't exist—a thriving city, centuries old. And Ian is completely unaware of who Sonora really is—a granddaughter of the most hated man of his people.
The one he has been tracking for decades.
The two come together to fight a dangerous madman who has waited years for his chance to destroy Ian's people and whose hatred may mean the end of the world.
An edge-of-your-seat apocalypse adventure suitable for both adults and YA.
The 8-book series is complete and available in ebook, paperback, and Kindle Unlimited.
Stephen, a young, disembodied soul is sent to the earthly plane by his spiritual master. After his harrowing previous life in flesh, he is petrified. But it’s part of the plan. ‘Every soul must fall into flesh to learn and grow.’ The words of the master ring in his ears—there is no escaping his sojourn. Stephen is to be a walk-in, trading places with another soul. On earth, he finds himself in the body of a full grown man. Memories that are not his flood him, a veil descends and he is thrust into a life he does not quite understand but somehow knows. Lilah, a socialite in a gilded cage, is betrothed to a man hand-picked by her father. Although Costas is the perfect match, bringing together two families of wealth, he is far from ideal. Stephen and Lilah meet. The attraction is swift, undeniable and unfortunately ill-fated. When framed for a crime by Costas, Stephen must decide if life is still worth living. A love story unlike any other. Of Flesh and Blood will challenge the way you view life, love and even death.
Whispers in the dark. Vague clues. Deadly threats. As currents of unrest flow throughout the kingdom of Andrea, Raina Swiftmain holds knowledge that could save her people. But can she find the missing links and discover the location of the lost prince? Dare she trust a knight who claims to hold the answers she needs? Raina and her two unlikely companions face peril on every side as she seeks to fulfill her family's quest. Join Raina as she discovers faith, falls into the arms of trouble, turns thetide of a kingdom, and finds humor in the worst situations.
A village blacksmith from the middle of nowhere, Thomas seeks adventure after surviving a plague that eradicated his homeland. Following his father’s advice and heading east, Thomas finds himself entwined in a surge of attacks by a thieves’ guild knows as Neydis. Similarly lost adventurers soon join him along the Queen's Road, and they set their sights on breaking through the grasp of Neydis and finding "safe" adventure in dungeons without any dragons. Thomas and his group may be reckless, but they aren't stupid. Who would knowingly mess with a dragon?
The Magic of Larlion begins with WIZARD STONE, when the young wizard Beneban plunges off a mountain and into adventure. Wizards don't have friends. Beneban believed this, when he escaped the clutches of Ztavin, the evil wizard with whom he'd apprenticed. But after freeing himself by making a bad bargain, he discovers many wonders in the Kingdom of Larlion. He is befriended by strange and magical creatures on his quest: tiny Worfs, a giant horned feline, the mysterious and powerful Forest Lady, and a three-handed, fur-covered soldier in the Grand Lar's army. Danger, treachery, romance, assassins, battles and even ice dragons are on the horizon. Can Beneban’s great powers and enchanted sword win his freedom without betraying his new friends? Advanced Praise for WIZARD STONE "Prepare to be enchanted! Best wizardry I've come across since Harry Potter. Dee Maltby is an up and coming fantasy writer to be watched." -- Meara Platt, USA Today bestselling author "Readers of EARTHSEA and SHANNARA will enjoy WIZARD STONE, the adventure of Beneban, a young wizard on the run from his oppressive master. Along the way Beneban runs into new friends, new enemies, and a great many new dangers in this exciting fantasy adventure." -- Jonathan Moeller, author of THE GHOSTS and CLOAK MAGE series
The court of the gryphon king has ever been a dangerous and seductive place where Ishtar’s blessing is both the hot breath of passion and the cold kiss of steel. Yet as the childhood companion of King Ditanu, Iltani never doubted her place in either his kingdom or his heart. Then duty called her away to complete her training. Now, a woman grown and a sword-maiden to the goddess Ishtar, Iltani returns and takes up her sacred destiny to protect the royal line. But so much has changed. Ditanu most of all. The youth she knew is gone. A stoic, untouchable king now sits the throne. Does anything of their once deep bond survive? Iltani must swiftly find her place in a court where cunning governors plot treason, trusted advisors orchestrate deceptions, and noblewomen seek to beguile King Ditanu using methods both fair and foul. But the greatest threat of all is no mortal adversary. Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld, desires to make Ditanu her consort and seize his kingdom for her own.
He’s been hunting my family since the 1600. Now he’s after me. Eighteen-year-old Lucy Owens is "that weird Owens girl" to the entire New England town she grew up in. She dreams of starting fresh at college in the fall, but prom night changes things. A mysterious threat forces her into hiding, and leaves her fighting for her life against an army of Gifted; a subset of humans with supernatural abilities who don't die until their job is done. She discovers that Embry and Gabriel, two 'friends of the family', are also Gifteds who claim their job is to protect Lucy’s line. But as she gets to know them and her family’s history better, she wonders if their ultimate goal is to keep her safe...or to stop the man who’s after her? Prophecy is a coming of age supernatural novel by Amanda Lynn Petrin. If you like strong heroines who keep fighting no matter how many times they're knocked down, then you’ll love this paranormal adventure. Get your copy and discover the Owens Chronicles today!
Faerie and the human world may have survived near-annihilation, but that doesn’t mean everything is flowers and singalongs for the residents of the now-combined lands. Humans are coming to terms with finding chunks of a realm they didn’t know existed dumped into their neighborhoods, plus the Fae Court is a bloody battleground for wannabe ruling families. Dropped in the middle of the chaos is Spellmeet, a Wild-West border town where refugees and opportunists try to make a living despite unstable magic and technology. The only thing all the survivors agree on is that the fugitive Avery Flynn should pay for her part in the worlds’ devastation—which will make it that much harder for Avery and Lonan to come out of hiding and find the next Sovereign, like they promised Queen Maeve. Meanwhile, a Fae princess named Brynn flees an arranged marriage and discovers that the unique powers that got her shunned in Faerie make her a hot commodity in Spellmeet. Too bad her toxic family can’t stand that she’s leaving them behind… Told in dual points-of-view, this conclusion to the Faerie Crossed series answers the question, “What if it’s not all about Avery?”
The fight to save my city has only just begun. It's time to sharpen the cat claws and unleash the spider fangs because this hybrid shifter is out to catch her prey.
I've already lost a close friend to the toxic memory-warping drug breaking the minds of everyone in the city. To make matters even worse, the criminal mastermind responsible for this poison has his eyes set on a new target—my father. There’s not much that gets under my skin, but when the family business is attacked, things start to get personal. That’s why I’m willing to do the unthinkable to bring down the savage who decided to drag my friends and family into this mess.
Unfortunately, my mission takes an unexpected twist when I discover the true reason this magic has infested my home. I’m now forced to make an impossible choice: do I protect the people I love or put an end to this brain-melting catastrophe once and for all?
When ex-FBI agent Rebecca Marte considered the possible challenges of her new career as a private investigator, she never thought one of them would be to investigate a witch charged with killing a man during a coven ritual. The job should be easy as six icons of the St. Louis business community, the rest of the coven, had seen their High Priestess, Della Bergeron, standing over the body, covered in blood, declaring she’d kept her promise to be with him to the end. Unfortunately, Rebecca’s client wanted the witch cleared. Then, the difficult case became nearly impossible when Bergeron offered her defense. She was innocent by reason of possession. After eliminating every method to coerce another that she understood—death threats to self or family, relentless emotional abuse, reality-altering drugs—Rebecca found herself wondering what dark demons might lay hidden in the witch’s mind that took control. Thrust into that uncharted territory, she sought to involve her psychologist friend, Dr. Sam “Doc” Price, both to help her with the case and him with a losing battle to find his kidnapped fiancée.
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Withrow Surrett is more than just his neighborhood’s resident curmudgeon. He’s the self-declared vampire lord of North Carolina, a once-renowned painter, and he can make a mean batch of biscuits. After decades of pleasant solitude, Withrow finds himself on the board for his homeowner’s association and smack dab in the middle of a fairly small zombie apocalypse.
Across the state, Jennifer McCordy is a genius in a dead-end job. Stuck in a remote mountain town on the same night, Jennifer very quickly realizes that she’s the only person she can rely on to keep herself and her community safe when panic and paranoia set in.
When the dead rise, which will Withrow’s neighbors find worse: the monsters outside or the vampire who might be their only hope? When Jennifer takes matters in hand, will the people around her trust her competence or surrender to their own prejudices? And when they meet, will anything survive?
Perishables is a novel in three parts, telling the story of reclusive vampires, reluctant heroes, questionable potlucks, late-night electronics sales, retail hell, unexpected friendships, and post-apocalyptic recipes. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes deadly serious, and utterly original!
Shohn has one mission: live a lie-filled life undercover. She permits herself no family ties and few friends. Meeting Joe makes her rethink her rule of isolation. When Joe seeks help to locate his birth mother, he hires Shohn. As their unexpected friendship deepens into more, each mystery they solve reveals yet another hidden layer. The truth they seek could immobilize interstellar commerce in the empire. To protect the Empire they both love, they must solve the riddle behind his elusive birth mother, and trust one another. But how can they trust when the "truth" they've each been fed is a lie?
Love at first sight. Fact or fairy tale? My name is Prince Joseph and despite the fact I should probably keep it to myself, this is my love story. It was a normal day. I decided to take a ride around the pasture with my brother when it happened. The most beautiful woman of my dreams stood in the center of my mother’s garden. A branch came out of nowhere and knocked me off my saddle. Not even my princely status can save me from the embarrassment I feel. Did she even notice me? When our eyes lock, I knew then she was destined to be my Queen forever. All I have to do now is find the perfect spot to propose. Will there be love amongst the sunflowers or will duty deny us our happily ever after?
In the aftermath of the Great War, the land of Nostraterra lies in ruins. While the Elves, Dwarves and Men rebuild their kingdoms, a sinister plan has been set in motion: the assassination of Alfrahil, Crown Prince of Eldora. As fire rains down within the city walls, young prince Alfrahil rides for his life and escapes. Braving unforeseen dangers, he is determined to unmask the conspirators and discover the truth. Clues point towards Alfrahil’s brother, Prince Daerahil, and the scheming First Minister, Mergin. But who is really behind the conspiracy?
A collection of tales blending characters through a journey into the unknown. Colors of the Soul, six stories of heightened emotions, mixes the supernatural with dark themes, and a mysterious German shepherd as a guide. Each story stands on its own, but each will have you turning the page for more.
No matter where the watch hands turn, she’d rather remain home. But with every time-traveling trekker’s life at stake, can she stop a deadly clock? Wilda Firestone survives off black coffee and white-hot sarcasm. And despite the colorful slew of characters filing through her time tourism costume shop, the retired First Nations Temporal Agent would prefer a quiet, more linear existence. So she’s less than impressed when a dying explorer crashes into her store, unleashing a plague that sends countless travelers to an early doom… Knowing her own lengthy history of chronological excursions grants her some immunity, Wilda vows to jump back in the saddle and seek out answers. But as she retraces the dead man’s steps from 14th century Mali and into 12th century Scotland and beyond, she’s dumbfounded by whatever force reduced an entire village to blood. Can Wilda stamp out the root of the sickness before she too succumbs? Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. is the intriguing first book in the Toronto Time Agents science fiction series. If you like feisty heroines, beautiful landscapes, and astounding adventures, then you’ll love C. N. Jackson's explosive tale. Buy Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. to race against the bell today!
In 1773, the prince and princess travel across the globe on a series of secret missions, and run into unexpected danger. Aisling's magical abilities are increasing, but dark forces who seek to destroy her powers are hunting them. The prince must protect her at all costs, as they fight for survival and abiding love.
Elemental magic, souls doomed to eternal reincarnation, and an ancient cult with sinister devices. Phoenyx Blake has a dark secret, one she’s repressed since her father died in a mysterious house fire a decade ago. When she wakes in a dungeon with three strangers, she’s forced to face that secret, which isn’t easy seeing as she’s dreamt about her fellow prisoner, Sebastian, all her life. The four work together to uncover the wicked intensions of their captors, only to discover they’re in greater danger than they ever could’ve imagined, and so is the rest of the world if they fail to escape. Can they master the powers they didn’t know they had before it’s too late, or will the smoldering flame between Phoenyx and Sebastian be forever snuffed out?
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Blaze through exhilarating worlds in this groundbreaking collection of sci-fi and fantasy tales. Discover answers to strange–and bewildering–scenarios like: How do a scientist and a band of corporate superheroes escape an eternal time-loop? What does a "real" mermaid do when held captive by a spoiled, myopic prince? What drives a young woman to become a trope character in a LitRPG? Find these and more in this rousing anthology of short stories by today's most original authors! Stories for Nerds: Volume 1 will throw you into eager anticipation with one gripping tale after another! Find your favorite new author–or, better yet, authors–here!
She can't tell anyone who named her. It would doom the galaxy. She can't let anyone know what she is. She would be banished for life. And yet she has so much to offer...and so much to discover still. The only one who understands her and stands beside her, is an outcast herself. And her only friend. She'll risk everything to let her join the human ranks as an equal. She'll stand beside her as no one has...together they are posted to Stratton, a mediocre space post on the edge of the Federation space; an insignificant roadside inn that serves the commercial traffic in the quadrant. They're serving together; which is all that matters to them. They’re nothing alike. One has the power to destroy the galaxy. The other, power to heal it. And yet they’re best of friends. Four months into Karin and Kitaya’s distant star-fields assignment on a mundane star-post Stratton, a hugely significant event is scheduled to take place. Stratton is about to be given high profile and an outstanding place in the history of the Federation. And the two young fleet officers who are hiding there, are about to find themselves in a mercilessly glaring spotlight--while all the players hiding in the shadows have their guns trained on that exact same spot...and their trigger fingers are very itchy....
Even a monster has a story to tell—this is his. They grew up thick as thieves, believing nothing could sever their bond of friendship. When Katherine rejects Zachariah’s affections for that of his adopted brother, Adam, grief and jealousy drive Zachariah down a dark road and into the company of a monster. A chain of events with eternal consequences will follow. History matters, and vampires have long memories. Discover the story of friendship, love and betrayal behind a centuries-old grudge between two powerful men . . . before they knew immortality. Are monsters born? Or are they created? *Paranormal history to a modern tale of romantic suspense and adventure. *Warning—this story is not the typical beginning to a Happy Ever After (HEA), but some romantic tales begin in shadows, before they make it into the light. Madness answers several questions from the pages of Red Night, Vampire Files Trilogy (Book One). Madness may be read at anytime during the VF trilogy, but the author recommends reading it anytime after reading Red Night. Cheers!
I used to be a hero. Then I grew up.
I’m Kieran Thorne, the world’s only living half-fae. The gig comes with a few perks—immortality, magic I can’t control, fae assassins constantly on my heels. And the chance to protect the good and the powerless against those who are neither.
For hundreds of years, that’s what I did. Until I got tired of the humans I saved repaying me by burning me at the stake or shooting me in the heart. I traded in my white hat for a mansion on the beach, and started living by a new creed: look out for myself, and let the humans solve their own problems.
But now Winter fae are going missing, and someone has planted a trail of evidence leading right to my door. I have two choices: let Queen Mab’s feral enforcer carve me to bits, or help her find the real culprit.
Looks like I’m back in the hero business. But this time, I’ll remember the lesson it cost me so much to learn:
There are no good people in this world, and no righteous causes. Humanity is corrupt. The fae are cruel and vicious. Me? I’m a little of both.
Ladies don’t shame their families.
Ladies don’t confront Otherwordly threats.
Ladies certainly don’t admit some taint of the fae has touched their souls—unless they wish to find themselves confined to an Institution.
Gently-bred herbalist Jessa Caldwell is trying to be a lady. She conceals her true nature amongst her plants and her sketches—where she can almost shut out the whispers she alone hears. But a threat to her beloved aunt forces her from the comfort of home to a town perilously near an Otherworldly Crossing, with its ever-present risk of fae incursions.
To protect her aunt and the townsfolk she comes to care for, she must uncover the individual responsible for a series of increasingly dangerous attacks—but to find this saboteur will require embracing the part of herself she fears most, an act that could cost her dearly. In a world where Vigilists lock up fae-touched mortals, Jessa must decide if she’s willing to risk exposing her true nature to obtain the truth and protect those she loves.
Whispers in the Waters, a gaslamp fantasy novella, serves as the prequel to Tattoo of Crimson, the first book in the Blood of the Fae series. If you like quick-minded heroines who solve cases with logic and intuition, Otherworldly intrigues, and beautiful yet deadly fae, then you’ll love this mystery set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.
He will give up everything for love. As dark prince of the dark seas, Victor has everything. Everything except Ariana's love. Victor is Ursula's son, so he can't blame Ariana for not trusting him. He will do anything for her, but she is falling for a mortal prince. Can Ariana see that Victor's heart is true, or is it too late? With his mother, Ursula, against the sea king's daughter, will Victor's love cost him everything? The Stone Mermaid is a mythical tale of mermaids and other legendary sea creatures and monsters. This is an epic story of love and betrayal, involving Ariana, the sea king's daughter, Ivan, a human prince, and Victor, the sea witch's son. Love has the power to change destinies in this ravishing new take on a classic tale.
He’s been stranded beyond the stars for years. When he buys himself a down-and-out squad, he crash-lands into a whole galaxy of trouble… Lone human Wil Calder is bored out of his freakin’ mind. So when he gets word of a couple of criminals being hauled to a penal colony, he figures he’s got a sweet deal to offer: Join his crew and he’ll help clear their names. But he quickly finds he’s bought a black hole of misfortune with the two disgraced convicts knowing things that they shouldn’t know. Things that will get all of them killed. Desperate for fast money to go legit, Wil takes on one last illegal job to rob a heavily guarded space station. But when the motley band stumbles across an interstellar conspiracy, the ill-equipped ship captain must decide how far he’ll fly to bring justice to his team and the rest of the universe. Can the accidental spaceman escape a cosmos of chaos before they all go supernova? Space Rogues: The Adventures of Wil Calder is the exciting first book in the Space Rogues space opera series. If you like fun characters, fast-paced action, and lighthearted entertainment, then you’ll love John Wilker’s science fiction caper.