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The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance 

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The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter The Complete Collection (Parts 1-6)

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How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence: A 5000 Year Leap Constitution Companion

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DREAMSPELL: A Medieval Time Travel Romance 

Three Fat Singletons by J. M. Bartholomew (Author)

Three Fat Singletons

Ash by Leia Stone (Author), Jaymin Eve (Author)

Ash

Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech (Author, Illustrator)

Memory’s Wake 

Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.

Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.

Memory’s Wake contains 44 black and white illustrations by the author and artist. Approx. 80,000 words or 320 pages in paperback.

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Providence Unveiled by Selina Fenech (Author, Illustrator)

Providence Unveiled 

Just Pardon My French by Jinx Schwartz (Author)

Just Pardon My French 

Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl (Author)

Golden Blood 

The Plantation Series: Books 1-3 by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons (Author)

The Plantation Series: Books 1-3

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider (Author)

Extraordinary Means

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal 

A Royal Pain by Tara Brown (Author)

A Royal Pain

 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Author)

If I Was Your Girl

That Girl by HJ Bellus (Author)

That Girl

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) by Chanda Hahn (Author)

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1)

Awaken by Rachel Humphrey-D'aigle (Author), Humphrey Quinn (Author)

Awaken

The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross (Author)

The Midnight Sea

by Kat Ross (Author)

They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

Praise for The Midnight Sea

“A spellbinding fantasy with some moral weight and a meatier narrative than usual, one likely to leave readers quite satisfied… Ross conjures an epic of demons and daevas, family, loss, and the turmoil of a kingdom in peril.”-Kirkus Reviews

“An addictive, action-packed, glorious page-turner!” -Am Kinda Busy Reading

“For a world of shifting alliances and trusts, fully realized and multi-faceted characters, and a fantasy that takes place in a little touched upon setting in young adult literature, The Midnight Sea delivers on all fronts and starts off a new series of romance, magic, and a well-written and captivating story.” -Bibliobibuli YA

“GUARD YOUR HEART. For in The Midnight Sea, Kat Ross delivers a riveting fantasy of unparalleled proportions that stole a piece of mine.” -Flylef Reviews

“I really hate the word ‘epic’ because, let’s face it, it’s so overused and it’s lost its true meaning, but this book deserves that word.” -Book Reader Chronicles

“The Midnight Sea has everything I enjoy in a fantasy and more. I highly recommend it for readers who love elemental magic, kick-ass heroines and a captivating story.” -Cover2Cover Reviews

“Kat Ross creates a rich fantasy world, full of new and scary creatures, lots of magical powers, and an intricately woven plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.” -Book Briefs

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 The Opposite of Ordinary by Jessica Sorensen (Author)

The Opposite of Ordinary

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Forever: Book One of The Abandoned

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Never Never

 Never Never, a novella series. Book one of three.

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

“Never have I had my mind blown reading a book like I have reading Never Never. It was intense, sweet, completely unpredictable and utterly fascinating. Can’t wait for the next book in this series!” ~Jen, The Book Avenue

“Hoover and Fisher have combined their unique talents to deliver a deliciously twisted tale of deceit, love and friendship that keeps you guessing long after the heart-stopping end.” ~Vilma’s Book Blog

“Twisted, sickly wicked, yet warming with a deep-layered love story. Tarryn and Colleen combine their forces for good. Alone they are talented. Together this epic duo is unstoppable.” ~Pam, The Book Avenue.

“The evil queen and the good fairy of romance have come together, and the results are more than I could have ever asked for.” ~Holly’s Hot Reads

This novella is recommended for readers age 16+ due to mild language and sexual content.

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The Breeders

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“When the Breeders come for ya, there ain’t no escape. They strap ya to a bed and all ya hear is the thud of your heart and the cries of your friends as they wheel ya down to hell. Then the doctors come. You squeeze your eyes shut and pray you can forget. But ya never do.”

Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches– moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders’ long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they’re hunting Riley.

When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender– a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley’s affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom?

The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico– escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is forced into the Breeder’s hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she’ll share unless she can find a way out.

Over 45,000 downloads so far. More than 300 four and five star reviews. Top Ten in Free Kindle Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Romance.

Wow, just wow! I started reading the sample for The Breeders and before I was even halfway through it, I stopped and bought the book – I was completely enthralled after the first few pages.

The author has done an incredible job of capturing the true essence of a lawless society where girls are a rare commodity and worth so much money that they are relentlessly pursued and sold to the Breeders like livestock… and that isn’t even the half of it. Throw in roving gangs, corrupt “lawmen” and a society filled with men completely devoid of any normal morals or values and you have one heck of a crazy world to navigate. There are moments in this book where I quite literally stopped breathing in anticipation of what was to come next. I actually felt my heart rate go up a few times as well. There are so many situations that you never see coming and, combined with the author’s relentless writing style, the story never slows down and you have no time to catch your breath. That’s a good thing – this is an action packed book.

Riley is a heroine who is so far from perfect that she might as well be in another galaxy. Fortunately, that is one of the things that is most endearing about her. With her heart in the right place she makes so many mistakes, huge mistakes but, if all else fails, at least she makes them for the right reasons and she usually recognizes her errors in judgement shortly after the fact – it would be really hard not to! She just seems to have a mostly non-existent sense of self-preservation that takes more hits than I can count. Her love for her family is the most important catalyst in her life and she will stop at nothing to keep them safe or to find them when they are lost. Riley lives in a haze of guilt and suspicion and almost every move she makes is reckless, but she is also consumed by determination and love. Her relationship with Clay builds slowly but is threatened by uncontrollable circumstances and perceived betrayal…and it only gets better and better.

The book is probably best for mature young adults and adults – a certain level of maturity is required to fully appreciate this story and it does contain some adult themes including violence, references to rape (but not the actual act)and some gruesome imagery that is downright creepy but oh, so brilliant!

I can safely say that I loved this book and I will be waiting anxiously for the next book in the series to come out. It is dark, edgy, creepy and beautiful all at the same time. The writing is excellent and I can only see a very bright future for Katie French. Well done!

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The Kiss of Deception

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* She is a princess, and it is her duty to marry into an alliance. But 17-year-old Lia has her own opinion about that obligation, one that she puts into action when she escapes her wedding with her lady-in-waiting, Pauline. Determined, confident Lia thinks that she knows how to cover her tracks, and soon she and Pauline are working as barmaids in Pauline’s hometown. Now two new voices enter to help tell the story. One belongs to the prince whom Lia was supposed to marry. He is curious about his fled fiancée and angry that she thought of a way to get out of the marriage first. The other voice belongs to an assassin who is sent by the Komizar of Venda to make sure that Lia doesn’t change her mind and return to initiate an alliance that will harm their country. Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope. She never compromises her characters—especially the multifaceted Lia—for plot; each element motivates the other. There is also a richness to the descriptions that makes readers feel that they can see and even smell the changing landscapes. This has the sweep of an epic tale, told with some twists; it’s a book that almost doesn’t need a sequel, but readers will be thrilled that it continues on. Grades 9-12. –Ilene Cooper

Reviews

“In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world.” ―VOYA

“After her strong Jenna Fox series, Pearson adeptly switches gears here from science fiction to fantasy, but her ability to write a romance featuring complex characters and a strong plot remains constant.” ―The Horn Book

The Kiss of Deception has it all–beautiful writing, heart-pounding suspense, a fiery princess, and an epic romance that’ll make you swoon. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!” ―Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals

The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one–no one–is quite what they seem. Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that have been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read–I couldn’t put it down!” ―Robin LaFevers, New York Times–bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

“This is the kind of story I love–a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set in a richly imagined fantasy landscape.” ―Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times–bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles

“*The first in a marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” . . . Romance, adventure, mysticism–this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review

“*Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope . . . this has the sweep of an epic tale.” ―Booklist, Starred Review

“*Peppered with excerpts from sacred texts and traditional songs, the novel has a formidable heroine at its core, who is as quick with a knife as she is to laugh or cry. Pearson maintains the mystery of Rafe and Kaden’s identities, pulling readers through this masterfully crafted story.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Pearson’s first book in her Remnant Chronicles is thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the first page to the last and will find themselves eagerly anticipating the next installment. Pearson pairs a rich and varied plot with a fiery and headstrong heroine.” ―Romantic Times

“Mystery, romance, betrayal, redemption: There’s plenty to hook readers in to this installment of Lia’s saga and make them impatient for the volumes to come.” ―Chicago Tribune

“Pearson’s writing is beautiful, and her ability to twist a plot into knots keeps the reader wanting more.” ―BookPage

“This thick book is fantastical and interesting (with a bit of mystery thrown in!)….There’s a lot of mystery that spices up the book. It’s not all about the mystery, but it’s on the peripheral always, which makes it that much more interesting.” ―USAToday

“Lia herself is a likeable heroine, and the selfishness in her act of leaving a kingdom in shambles for some future love is negated by her obvious naivete about political strategies and romantic relationships . . . Most intriguing are the two love interests, though, partly because of the way Pearson structures their narrating chapters.” ―BCCB

“Rich and exciting . . . a bold ending whets appetites for the next installment.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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Kind of Like Life

 All Renee Ward ever wanted out of life was two things: Good friends to share her love of fantasy and fairy tales, and for magic to be real. When her family moves halfway across the country in the middle of her senior year, it appears as if Renee just might get her wish. With its Victorian homes and quaint downtown, Waterside is almost too good to be true. Not only does she find friends who share her interests, but she also meets a cute guy who seems to have a magical secret or two of his own.

But after a visit from the mysterious Blake Carter, Renee’s new utopian life suddenly turns into a never-ending nightmare. The only question is, how much of this is real, and how much is just in her head?

Wow! For a surprise, this book gave me a rollercoaster ride. What starts like a normal YA with school, friends and all, soon turns into something much deeper, something I would never have imagined and very different from other books I’ve read. While the blurb outlines the story, the real big ‘boom’, what’s really happening, isn’t explained. I don’t know why Ms. Mullen decided to keep this part out of the blurb. As it is, I went into the story without knowing and while well written, I still wasn’t sure if it would be my kind of read. If I had had a hint of the true story, I would have picked up the book earlier. I almost missed on a little jewel.

The characters, Renee and Blake, kept me on my toes the whole time. They made me wonder how they could ever get out of this nightmare. They also had me smile and yes, cry too. They aren’t perfect: Renee is some kind of recluse who doesn’t feel at ease with people, and Blake hasn’t had it easy with abusive parents. Together, they learn to trust each other and it all feels so natural.

‘Kind of Like Life’ is classified as science fiction and adventure, but it has a huge paranormal feel about it and I would most definitely recommend it to lovers of that genre.

Kind of Like Life has every element I could ever want in a YA book. McMullen’s writing is intelligent, creative and thoughtful. Things don’t just happen–events occur that make the reader think about what’s happening. There’s also a touch of romance that’s meaningful and not overdone.

What I like best about this book is that the twists and turns are layered, kind of like the movie Inception. Just when you think you’re about to settle into a fantasy or paranormal tale, the story deepens. The focus changes in unexpected, yet understandable, ways that shift the story back and forth between fantasy, sci-fi and (perhaps most shockingly) reality. When you get to the meat of the tale, you’re still not safe. The surprises continue throughout the book which is well worth the read.

I have several favorite quotes from Kind of Like Life, but I’ll leave you with this one: “Nothing good could ever come of entering random doors that appeared in the woods.” Or does it? I guess you’ll have to read Kind of Like Life to find out.

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The Wolf Charmer

When Alice lands a job house-sitting in a secluded forest town she inadvertently discovers she has a gift that has run long in her lineage.

Alice is a charmer; a being with the ability to channel a consenting shifter’s supernatural energy to fuel their own powers.

Charmers and shifters are historical enemies, and Alice is in wolf territory. She has wandered into the woods without so much as a clue about this ongoing war, and now she may never make it out.

Tristan, the son of the shifter family for whom Alice is sitting, is awestruck by Alice and the feeling is mutual. Despite the historical rift between their families the pair are powerless to prevent a forbidden love from blossoming.

Will the power of love be able to bring these feuding families back together, or will this ultimate betrayal be the end of them both? Those questions will have to wait, as the emergence of a common enemy means they must all work together if anyone is to survive at all.

It’s like watching a movie while reading this book.The sense of humor and the adventure makes you keep going on reading this book.This book is for teenager when the crushes and first love feels.The main characters are very well portrayed their part of the story and the rest of the characters.If you grab this book you will never disappointed of the story.It is fun and full of adventure.

This book caught my attention and interest.Such a great story.It’s very entertaining and interesting story about the wolf charmer.The author was well written. I think Young Adult was by far one of her finest performances. I’m very surprised she was not nominated for an Oscar. The character she plays is sad and funny at the same time. A great comedy-drama with an amazing cast!

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Shattered Rose

 “For any girl who has struggled to love herself.” –Tammy L. Gray

Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self loathing.

Then she meets him…and everything changes.

Handsome, charming and self assured, Jake Matthews sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted.

She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away.

Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth.

Jake never really left.

Shattered Rose is book one in the Winsor Series. (All books are stand alone, full-lengh novels.)

I saw some people talking about this book on Facebook and wondered if it’d be good for my 14-year-old daughter. I got it to read before giving it to her. This book was great and exceptionally enjoyable. I’m not a reader, but I ended up staying up late every night during the week because it captured my interest. It made me look forward to bed time so I could read more. I think I read the last 150 pages all on a Friday night staying up way past normal bed time for me. My wife wondered what had gotten into me. I’ll probably wait a couple years before giving it to my daughter to read, but I’m considering giving it to my 16-year-old son instead. I’ve seen many reviews here discussing the book’s value to girls, but there’s value here for boys as well. The two main male characters paint very different pictures on how to approach dating. Next time my son is in a dating relationship, I’d like to be able to ask him, “Are you treating her like Jake, or Parker?”

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The Mage and the Magpie

An invisible girl. A missing mage. A world in need…

Brinley has spent most of her life lost in her own imagination, teaching bullfrogs to do gymnastics and pretending to be invisible. Now, when a magic bell from another world summons her across time and space on a journey to find her mother, she will discover real friendship, face true evil, and overcome her greatest fears in order to save the ones she loves.

The Mage and the Magpie is the first book in Austin J. Bailey’s Magemother series: an epic middle-grade fantasy adventure series with witches, shapeshifters, and cliffhangers, and awesome kids (There are no boring adults in this book!).

What Readers are Saying

Fantastic! If you liked Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you’ll love this book! It’s a fast paced adventure that will keep you wondering what happens next. I would recommend reading the first book, as well. It’s still free, I believe. If you’re looking for a new series, start here.-Tanya Grala

Loved the world it took me into to. A good, clean, fun story that left me wanting more. Loved how developed the characters were for such a quick read. A great read for any age.-Melissa

A fresh story of good versus evil set in a fantasy world much like a marvelous daydream gone wild. A truly enjoyable and engaging read.-S.Rosenquist

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The Healer

#1 Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Country & Ethnic Fairy Tales & Folklore
#1 Hot New Release in Multicultural Folk Tales

A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny!

Hope hides a dangerous secret; a gift powerful enough to heal the breach between the living and the dead. With two warring gods vying for her love, and a fallen deity determined to take her for his own evil purposes, she must either accept her destiny or take matters into her own hands.

Embark upon a journey of heart-stopping adventure in this young adult paranormal fantasy filled with supernatural creatures, ancient prophecies, immortal gods, and divine magical healing powers.This romantic coming of age series is filled with love, loss, and second chances while blending together fantasy, swords and sorcery, traditional myths and legends, and paranormal themes to create a thrilling story readers are sure to enjoy.
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Excerpt:

Tie shook his head and opened his mouth as if to say something, but all that came out was a wheezing noise and then an alarming amount of blood. I looked at the gaping hole in his chest and began to panic, feeling certain Tie should have repaired what he could, and Victor should have been able to heal him by now.

“Victor, why isn’t he healing himself?” I asked anxiously.

“He can’t,” he said.

Victor opened his eyes and sat back looking defeated.

“Then you do it,” I cried out. My voice was beginning to shake. I was about two seconds away from becoming as unhinged as Angie.

“I can’t do it. I can’t heal him.” He buried his face in his hands.

“Quit telling me what can’t be done, and tell me what can!”

“Nothing can be done, okay?” The look he gave me was awful. A look of defeat. “There is absolutely nothing that anyone can do. The sword that stabbed him was forged in the land of the dead, and I only have so much power at my disposal. What little power I did have, I used to heal you when we were at the hospital.”

I swallowed down the lump of guilt forming in my throat and let out a trembling breath.

“Even if I hadn’t healed you tonight, I still wouldn’t be able to help him. You can’t heal a stab wound inflicted by that kind of sword,” he whispered. “Tie is going to die.”

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Promises

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.

Promises is the first book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends through the perils of growing up in a discrete world that inherently threatens human society

Ah, the author successfully sent me back in time to revisit my headstrong seventeen year old self! (Mamas, don’t tell your kids who they can or cannot see.) Seriously though, this book is full of surprises and rich characters. I read it compulsively in one day and I have no regrets about that.😀 totally enjoyable!

Really amazing first book. Very intriguing and different perspective on this particular version of mermaid lore. Getting next book immediately!

Ok, so when I first started reading this book, I almost put it down immediately because I was too weirded out by the whole seal-skin-man-lover thing. Youll know what I mean in the first chapter. I am very glad that I decided to stay open-minded because this book is fantastic! I felt that the elements of romance and fantasy were beautifully interwoven, and this definitely isnt the cliche mermaid-sailor romance story! I loved the characters and their personalities, which became more developed in the second and third book. My only complaint is the vast amount of spelling-grammar errors I found throughout the trilogy. I kept thinking there must be something wrong with my kindle because theres no way an author would publish a book like this, especially considering all the thought, time and effort it takes to write a book. These flaws distracted me from the story and were annoying. But I loved the story itself so much that I decided to ignore this as best I could.

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Marvin’s Curse

How would you handle the dead?

After losing his dad, 17 year old Marvin finds he can see and talk to the dead, an inherited ‘gift’. Bonus, you might think, but Marvin hates it. It makes him different and he just wants to be ‘normal’. He meets Stella in the graveyard that backs onto the house he’s just moved into.

‘My name is Stella, Stella McCartney. It says so inside my trousers.’ (!?!)

A mysterious business card reveals that Stella has lost her memories and all signs point to Moghador, a gateway to hell where a pawnbroker holds the answers.

So when I saw this book II was a bit hesitant because the book while its paranormal sounded like it was something that a young child would enjoy which typically isn’t my cup of tea. However, after reading Marvins Curse I actually really liked it. The book puts a new spin on teenage angst and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The book follows this young boy who is cursed with the ability to see the dead which allows him to see his dad after he dies but its not a “gift” that Marvin wants. In addition to losing his dad he is forced to move to an old house that sits near a graveyard all thanks to his new stepdad. In addition to being pestered by his dead dad he does come in contact with a girl who will forever change the way he sees his “Curse”. That is all the informaton that you are getting out of me so if you want to know more you must read this amazing book! If you have yet to get your copy of Marvins Curse you should definitely do so now!!!

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Breathless

 College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was 3 years old. That’s when her mom started acting weird, insisting sunlight hurt her skin because she’d been bitten by a one-fanged vampire.
Fascinated doesn’t mean Leesa believes, though. Any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, or kisses that can kill. But when her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to consider all these and more. She also has to figure out what to do about her mysterious new boyfriend. She knows Rave likes her a lot–so why won’t he kiss her?
As Leesa draws closer to finding her brother, she faces some gut-wrenching decisions. Should she risk her mom’s life trying to “cure” her? Should she continue seeing Rave, after he reveals his dangerous secret? And most terrifying of all, should she make the ultimate sacrifice–give up her humanity–to save her brother?

Review: “A riveting tale of passion, danger and forbidden love. Breathless breathes new life into the vampire genre.” Rene C. Fountain, BookFetish.org

VampireRomanceBooks called Breathless “fabulous” and “captivating.”

Bite This! Vampre Book Blog said Breathless is “a book you will fall in love with and want to read over and over again.”

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Enchanted Hearts 

 Join author Belinda Boring in her first ever New Adult Historical Romance Fantasy novella.

Overview:

Three enchanted hearts . . .
Two honorable men . . .
One important choice . . .
An unforgettable Midsummer Night’s Festival.

** This novella is approximately 35,600 words and part of the A Midsummer Night’s Anthology with authors Lacey Weatherford and Kamery Solomon **

Blurb:

How do you choose between mere moments and a lifetime?

Aithne was raised on fairytales, spending hours daydreaming about meeting one of the elusive Fae. Little did she know, hidden in the shadows, a Fae Prince stood watching. All it took was one glance and Hadrian became enchanted, unable to stay away. Revealing his presence, Aithne’s life was forever changed as her childhood fantasies of magic became a reality.

With each encounter, Aithne fell deeper in love and even though she knew Hadrian couldn’t offer her the future she craved, it was enough. That was until William, the local blacksmith’s son and friend, stepped forward. Wearing his own heart on his sleeve, and eager to claim Aithne as his wife, there was nothing William wouldn’t do for the girl he loved. Even if it meant risking it all at the Midsummer Night’s festival.

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“This very story just touches your soul and leaves you a little better of a person for reading it.” – Lisa Markson, Mommy Reads Too Much.

“With the genteel allure of beloved classic Disney movies meets the love triangle of Twilight, Enchanted Hearts will cast a spell on anyone who believes in romance and love.” – Laurie, Readergirls.

“The Queen of Swoon has done it again! Belinda Boring’s enchanted my heart with her sweeping romantic triangle in Enchanted Hearts.” – Deena Remiel, author of the Book Waitress series.

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The Kiss of Deception

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles.

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*Starred Review* She is a princess, and it is her duty to marry into an alliance. But 17-year-old Lia has her own opinion about that obligation, one that she puts into action when she escapes her wedding with her lady-in-waiting, Pauline. Determined, confident Lia thinks that she knows how to cover her tracks, and soon she and Pauline are working as barmaids in Pauline’s hometown. Now two new voices enter to help tell the story. One belongs to the prince whom Lia was supposed to marry. He is curious about his fled fiancée and angry that she thought of a way to get out of the marriage first. The other voice belongs to an assassin who is sent by the Komizar of Venda to make sure that Lia doesn’t change her mind and return to initiate an alliance that will harm their country. Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope. She never compromises her characters—especially the multifaceted Lia—for plot; each element motivates the other. There is also a richness to the descriptions that makes readers feel that they can see and even smell the changing landscapes. This has the sweep of an epic tale, told with some twists; it’s a book that almost doesn’t need a sequel, but readers will be thrilled that it continues on. Grades 9-12. –Ilene Cooper

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“In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world.” ―VOYA

“After her strong Jenna Fox series, Pearson adeptly switches gears here from science fiction to fantasy, but her ability to write a romance featuring complex characters and a strong plot remains constant.” ―The Horn Book

The Kiss of Deception has it all–beautiful writing, heart-pounding suspense, a fiery princess, and an epic romance that’ll make you swoon. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!” ―Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals

The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one–no one–is quite what they seem. Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that have been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read–I couldn’t put it down!” ―Robin LaFevers, New York Times–bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

“This is the kind of story I love–a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set in a richly imagined fantasy landscape.” ―Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times–bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles

“*The first in a marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” . . . Romance, adventure, mysticism–this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review

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The Thief’s Daughter

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childhood friend, the duke’s granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king’s machinations.

A pretender to Severn’s throne has vowed to seize the crown of Kingfountain. But Severn means to combat the threat by using Elysabeth as bait to snare the imposter—and forcing Owen, as a pawn in the dangerous charade, to choose between duty and devotion. With poisoners and spies circling ominously, and war looming on the horizon, Owen must make painful sacrifices to beat back the advancing shadows of death and disaster. Will Owen’s conflicted heart follow the king’s path or will he risk everything for love?

Following The Queen’s Poisoner, Jeff Wheeler continues his powerful Kingsfountain tale in The Thief’s Daughter. The timeline has shifted 9 years later, and Owen and Evie are again front and center, bound by their loyalty to King Sevem. I don’t like to spoil the story for readers with a summary, so I will leave my impressions instead.

The world of the Kingfountain trilogy is full intrigue, full of ancient buried cities and plotting kingdoms. The plot moves quickly and is so wonderfully multi-faceted that the reader is enthralled by every thread, wanting to unravel the truth behind each mystery.

With this installment, the reader is carried to many more lands—expanding the appreciation for the geography and people inhabiting those lands. Wheeler fleshes out the current and historical conflicts in across the world. Evie and Owen are in their late teens, each exhibiting the skills and knowledge of privileged learning, as well as the yearnings and anxieties of those teenage years. We also begin to unravel some the deeper secrets of Kingfountain around the former queen as well as King Sevem. With all characters and subplots, the reader is greeted with conflicting surprises. I was impressed how we can appreciate the perspective of each character.

Be warned though, this story is a heart wrencher; Wheeler describes his own trouble with telling the story at the end of the book. Interestingly, it is not just main characters for whom you feel a sense of loss, but several of the second tier characters. The cliff hangers leave you with a million ideas on how the story might continue in volume 3.

To understand what makes these books great, one must realize that Wheeler is a master of pacing, perspective (a true gem), and character development. Even minor characters evoke emotions from the reader (for example, one character whom the reader never sees directly leaves a clear impression as to what kind of person he is). Wheeler is also simply a great writer and master of language, with the color and imagery of Glen Cook, the clean, simple language of Hemingway, and the political intrigue of George R.R. Martin. However, his central characters grip you as deeply as Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s characters in the Dragonlance Legends.

Two things that I appreciate most in Jeff’s writings are that: he carries a strong romantic storyline with no inappropriate language or imagery; and he develops strong, central female characters—one’s you want your daughters to emulate. His ties to his own children are apparent in his writing. His books are safe for your 9 year old to read. And they should, simply to expose them to a great writer and master storyteller. If you are a writer, and you have not read any of his person blog postings at […], you should. His bio is fascinating, and he is a generous tutor of budding writers. His site reminds me of Orson Scott Card’s hatrack.com—both are troves of knowledge, only Jeff’s is easier to search.

It goes without saying that readers are fortunate in the blistering pace at which Jeff Wheeler writes; at least three books a year and as well as multiple short stories. Amazon/47 North stole a jewel from under the noses of major publishers when they singed on Wheeler. For all of us, it was a great day.

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New Beginnings 

 

Kendra’s in high school! New Beginnings abound at home, school and in her relationships. Things are changing at lightning speed.

She’s saying hello and embracing new relationships while at the same time coping with heart breaking good-byes of others.

Patrice convinces her to give an “old friend” another chance. This coupled with an unplanned chain of events catapults Kendra from a place of obscurity to center stage at school. Center stage has her wedged in a long standing school rivalry which will divide and test her loyalties. And threaten her new relationships.

Kendra isn’t the only one embarking on new beginnings.  A health scare creates a new family dynamic but even with a new dynamic it’s the same family drama.  The family tension escalates and bubbles over and with Meme gone Papa is left trying to keep the family intact.

High school brings about “A New Katrina” and Avery and Jamie don’t escape the winds of change blistering through either.

New Beginnings is the next chapter in the Growing Pains Series. Kendra’s journey continues. In Book Two she finds her own place her own voice in her own way.

Book Two will have cheering and eagerly anticipating Book Three!!

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White Raven

DREADFUL LIES.
UNEXPECTED LOVE.
IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH.

It only took one heartbeat to change my life–one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.

And then, as if my life didn’t already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears.

Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.

Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening–the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.

WHITE RAVEN is the enthralling first installment in The Raven series. A YA paranormal romance full of atmosphere, self-discovery, and love that will keep you captivated until the very last page. If you love the bite of Twilight, the emotion of Mortal Instruments, and the soul of the Iron Fey, you’ll fall in love with White Raven.
BLACK CROW (book 2) is now available!

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Fear University

Best-selling author Meg Collett retells the ancient Filipino legend of the aswang in this sexy, bone-chilling new series.

I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either.

My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of “Try To Make Ollie Scream.” At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far.

Two years later, I’m still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I’m the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that’s what the two scarred, mostly crazy ’swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school where young students learn to hunt and kill aswangs.

I arrive at the university a prisoner, but I stay because I finally find my freedom.

For once in my life, I belong. I’m needed. I make a home for myself inside the university masquerading as an old Alaskan prison. Something close to happiness warms my icy heart when I’m with my scarred, still mostly crazy tutor, Luke Aultstriver. For a murdering runaway like me, Fear University is a haven where I can put my skills to good use hunting monsters in the night.

But when certain truths come to light and even more lies are exposed, I fear that I, Ollie Andrews, am the worst kind of monster of all. And, maybe, they should be hunting me.

This book is recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, violence, and language.

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Keep 

My name is shouted on rooftops.

It’s written on bras, on the inside of bathroom stalls, hell my name is everywhere.

To say my name is to experience an orgasm without ever leaving your damn house.

My name is Zane “Saint” Andrews.

I’m sex.

I’m a rock god.

I’m also…a virgin.

What they don’t know won’t kill them right? Give the people what they want. And what they want is the idea of me; the pleasure they gain at listening to my song and knowing without a doubt I’m talking about them and only them.

It worked for a while.

Until a nerdy girl with glasses falls at my feet, literally, and suddenly I don’t want to be Saint anymore, what I want? What I really need?

Is to be kept.

By her.

This is a rockstar romance with lots of kissing, sex, funny one liners, and life from a different angle. I hope you guys enjoy, and remember, it’s all about the mallow.

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Spark

People are dying downtown, their bodies shriveled away to almost nothing.
The police are mystified, and outrageous rumors are flying: flesh-eating bacteria? an experimental bio-weapon? mutant mosquitos? Fifteen year-old Francy Macmillan listens, but says nothing. It isn’t a comfort knowing that no matter how far-fetched the theories, the truth is even stranger.

For Francy, that truth wasn’t very hard to find. It followed her home from basketball practice one night, a floating bauble of light that speaks inside her mind and shares her thoughts and her feelings. Is it an alien wanderer fallen from some distant star? Or a shard of some divine entity? Whatever it is, it seems to like her. She calls him Spark.

But as their friendship grows, a disturbing fact emerges: Spark knows who is responsible for those strange deaths, and it is up to Francy to try and stop them. Spark leads Francy into a bizarre alternate reality, along with her friends: beautiful Echo with the baby dragon tattoo; moody Brooke with the wicked jaw; and Owen Owens, the boy with the fascinating eyes who may just get around to kissing her one of these days—assuming the world doesn’t end first

I am trying to think of the best genre to which this book belongs. It is part mystery, part romance, part fantasy, part sci-fi, part ode to the game of basketball. It is a smart and tender balm in this era of teenage dystopian novels. I think it defies categories except for this: It is a well-crafted story with appealing characters and a sense of humor and lovely writing. Read this, whether you are ten or 100. And a warning: if you are a bedtime reader and you really need your beauty sleep, it is one of those books that is annoyingly hard to put down (just one more chapter…)!

I found this book totally engrossing–the writing is elegant and evocative and is successful in creating not only interesting characters but also a completely convincing character in “Spark.” This is not an easy feat–to make what is essentially an abstract concept come alive and have personality and motivation. And what separates this book from other YA or science fiction-type of books is the attention to detail and language. Gage’s writing is attentive and specific and poetic, but never in a cloying way. I also appreciated the intelligence of this book in terms of its attention to the laws of thermodynamics, interesting threads of history (e.g., Gnosticism), mathematics, and even basketball. I want my children to read this book because I think they would enjoy it immensely; it has a strong and exciting narrative. I also want them to read it because they will learn about the physical world along the way. Now I just have to wait for the sequel!

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Magic Unbound

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Not-quite-sixteen year old Lizbet Moore expects a boring last month of summer vacation — and she gets what she’s expecting until a fifteen hundred year old Fae named Eamon shows up in her backyard disguised as a down-on-his-luck garden gnome. When Eamon slips an ancient amulet around her neck, the memories of Lizbet’s many past lives, including her first life as Morgan Le Fae, come slamming back to her to change her summer plans in a way she could never have expected.

Forced to go on the run when murderous monks show up at the back door, Lizbet hops a plane to Scotland accompanied by Eamon, the whispering voices of her past lives, and geekily cute James, the college boy from next door. Not only does she have to dodge the monks, but she’s racing against time and greedy land developers to prevent the entire race of the Fae from being destroyed.

The only thing Lizbet knows for sure is that if she fails and can’t produce a few live fairies at the end of her journey, she is going to be grounded for life…and probably for her next life, too.

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This YA fantasy novel has a spunky heroine, lots of action, a difficult quest, and just enough humor to give you a grin once in a while. It is also blissfully free of the proofreading problems that sometimes plague Indie books. Suitable for all ages. ~ IndieHeart

I enjoyed this book much more that I thought I would. It was clever and fun and fast-paced, with just the right amount of Arthurian myth thrown in to keep it all centered. I actually learned a thing or two, which is not easy. ~ Max Tomlinson, Author of The Cain File

In Magic Unbound, local author Jill Nojack comes through with a fast-moving Fantasy/Adventure story. The novella-length book incorporates interesting twists on the Arthurian myths into a clever tale about a 15-year-old girl who tries to save the Fae (Fairy) race and bring them into the modern world with a little help from her friends. Recommended for readers age 12+. Good, clean fun. – Portage Book Trail

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Hoplite

Athens 440BC

Alexander decided that there was no-one around and started to move from under the ramp but, before he could make his escape, he felt the ship rock as a loud tramping came from the gangplank. He froze in position while he tried to work out what this new sound meant.

After listening for a short time, he realised that the troops were boarding the ship. He needed to get away, so he dragged himself fully out from his hiding place and made his way to the ramp. Maybe he could just run past them all before they realised he was there. Then, to his horror, the ramp down into the hold started shaking and the tramping came closer as the soldiers started coming down it into the hold to shelter from the sun.

He was trapped!

All Alexander wants to be is an Olympian. But, when his hoplite father is recalled to war, Alexander tries to follow and becomes trapped aboard a troop ship.
His life spins out of control when they make port. The seemingly benign state of Samos overthrows the mighty Athenian army and tragedy strikes.
He soon realises that the foes in his own camp are more dangerous than the Samian rebels.
When one of his only friends and allies on the island goes missing, Alexander has to further endanger his own life to try and find him but by doing so he puts his friend’s life, and his mother back in Athens, in danger.

The beginning was intriguing, Alexander can be seen skulking around the port as he tries to sneak up to his father, hopefully in time before the hoplite leaves on a ship. It was because he was afraid to be seen that Alexander saw himself trapped in a sticky situation. What I admire about these people is that they do not whinge much, they take things in strides and make improvements when possible.

What was a routine exercise became a deadly fight, the twelve year old had to learn quickly, because war is no place for an untrained boy. With only his wits and reflexes, Alexander has to find a place in the troops.

Suddenly the mishap turned into a deadly fight for survival, untrained and inexperience, Alexander’s story becomes a stepping stone in the series that I will be following until the end. His willingness to learn might be key, but it is the teacher’s lessons that I am more interested in.

Nothing surprising in the outcome of events, the plot is not complicated, you can figure things out easily. It is the historical research and lessons that interests me the most, from the history of hoplites to how battles were worn in Greek civilization. It is sad that modern Greeks are pale and shameful comparison to their prideful and strong ancestors.

If you are a fan to historical fiction, or you think 300 was a well told piece of ‘story’ then Hoplite is right up your alley. Told in third person point of view, Alexander’s life is forever changed, but he has help along the way. From Hoplite, we can see that even boys do not get much leeway compared to men.

A lot of action, a lot of reasons why Hoplite is worth your time. Of course me imagining some characters with 300’s six pack helps with the mental image of the setting and scene. It may not be a quick read, it is a satisfying one.

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