Coming of Age
The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Coming of Age:
At nine, Orbie seems to live his life along a precipice. He is burdened with an overabundance of difficult choices which would be beyond the capacities of most boys his age—but Orbie is about to discover that he’s no ordinary boy. In the debut novel from artist and poet Freddie Owens, nothing is ever precisely what it seems: prejudice is not innate, the dead aren’t really dead, and those in positions of power cannot be trusted.
Orbie finds himself deposited at his grandparent’s home in Kentucky one summer, his stepfather, Victor, having had a change of heart about including him on a family prospecting trip to Florida. Except “heart” doesn't seem, to Orbie, quite the right word to apply to his stepfather, whose tempestuous temper took him from the widowed family’s salvation to its most dangerous element in one outburst flat.
Then Like The Blind Man: ORBIE'S STORY is an electrifying porthole to the South of the ‘50s, where, though inane prejudice may have dominated, kindness and justice also had a place. Orbie’s sharecropping grandparents, by defying convention with unnerving grace, become founts of colloquial wisdom whose appeal is impossible to resist, and the Orbie they nurture—the best version of a boy who may otherwise have been lost—is someone the reader comes to love. – Michelle Anne Schingler / ForeWord Reviews
Evie is staring into an empty future. Joe is the only man she ever loved. But he cheated and broke her heart.
Enter rocker Jake, hot and tempting, to sweep her off her feet. Why shouldn’t she grasp her own happy ending?
Is Joe too late to persuade Evie he loves her? Does he even deserve another chance? Old hurts are deep and forgiveness seems out of the question.
Don’t miss this award-winning romance – a sizzling second-chances page-turner that’s sure to melt your heart.
She wanted a simple life. What she got was anything but…
Lexi Sobado is anything but ordinary. She can do things—sense things—that most people cannot. When she attracts the attention of a deadly stalker, she’s not about to sit quietly and let the handsome ex-SEAL save her. She’s going to take care of herself and help catch the madman—even if it’s the last thing she ever does.
Striker Rheas is supposed to protect Lexi. He can’t do his job, though, if she’s keeping secrets—and she’s definitely hiding something from him. But then again, he has a secret of his own. He can’t let her know he’s falling in love with her…
Lexi’s gut (and psychic ability) is telling her that what she hides, what she reveals, and what she uncovers will have to be in perfect balance if she’s going to
stop a killer—and save her own life in the process.
Time is running out…
Weakest Lynx is an intense psychic suspense thriller, where vigilante justice is really self-preservation. This women's action adventure romance series is filled with ex-special forces, spies, conspiracies, and international terror as Lexi and Striker move from friends to lovers, and Lexi desperately searches for her happily ever after.
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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Richard Bard comes the next highly anticipated Brainrush thriller, a mind-gripping action adventure that spans three continents and two books - Everlast and Ephemeral. (Ephemeral named one of IndieReader's Best Books of 2014, available Jan 10, 2015)
A gifted boy forced to grow up too fast... A father who will do anything to protect him... A madman bent on destroying them both.
In Amsterdam, a visionary scientist is laying the groundwork for a cybernetic life-extension project that will transfer individual consciousness to a personalized avatar. Halfway around the world, his brilliant grandson is secretly planning to use the same technology to infiltrate the world's most secure networks. But the scientific advances necessary to perfect the brain-to-computer interface are slow in coming, too slow for the aging founder of the Everlast foundation--who may die before realizing his dream of immortality--and too slow for his ruthless grandson, who will stop at nothing to attain the recognition that is his birthright.
Caught in the middle are Jake Bronson and his seven-year-old son, Alex, whose combined mental gifts might provide the key to leapfrogging the impasse.
In Everlast (book one), when Jake's family and closest friends are simultaneously abducted in a globally coordinated kidnapping scheme, he races across two continents in his search for them, unaware his hostage son and teenage siblings have crash-landed in the jungles of South China, where they must find every ounce of their courage and wits to survive the wilds and escape the ruthless drug lord who is hot on their heels. Can a seven-year-old boy learn to kill to save his family?
The Wall Street Journal #1 bestselling author Richard Bard, who entertained fans with his wildly successful Brainrush thriller series, now unleashes the heart-pounding series finale in a two-book ride that will take your breath away.
Jake Bronson's family and friends are mourning him. They'd watched as he sacrificed himself so their lives could return to normal. But normal wasn't to be. The megalomaniac whom Jake had killed during his suicide assault left a legacy of videos that damn Jake and everyone associated with him, leading to a price being put on their heads, dead or alive. They go to ground, unaware their every move is being tracked by a new breed of young, tech-savvy jihadists about to unleash vengeance on America's homeland--with Jake's family and the unsuspecting citizens of Los Angeles in their crosshairs.
As the jaws of the terrorist trap begin to close, Jake's eight-year-old son, Alex, faces a threat of his own. He carries a deadly secret that endangers the world, and now that his father is dead, Alex is the only one who can deal with it. He slips away to heed the call of unearthly visions that demand his presence, and his journey draws him to the back alleys of Bogota, Columbia, where he encounters a group of terminally ill orphans. One of their siblings has been abducted by child traffickers. Alex can't ignore their cry for help, and the unlikely alliance plans a nothing-to-lose rescue mission that has little chance of success.
But the bloodthirsty outcry against Alex's family and friends reaches beyond those who wish them harm, as do the visions that reveal their dark secrets to Alex. Help is on the way...
An "international thriller with soul." Ideal reading for fans of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Vince Flynn.
The highly anticipated series finale to the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller Publishers Weekly called "a terrifically entertaining thriller!"
In this conclusion to Richard Bard's popular Brainrush series, Jake Bronson's family and friends face their biggest threat ever. The startling challenges revealed in No Refuge (book 6) are coming to a head, and the team must wrest every resource available to them in hopes of preventing a terror-driven cataclysm unlike anything America has seen.
But the menace from within America's borders pales by comparison to the global threat revealed to 8-year-old Alex Bronson in a series of otherworldly visions. And Alex isn't the only one targeted by the mind-bending revelations.
The stakes are higher than ever. The fates of America and the world hang in the balance, and Jake Bronson's family and friends must risk everything to tip the scales against evil.
An "international thriller with soul." Ideal reading for fans of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Vince Flynn.
“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”
Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.
Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student - how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.
Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?
Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.
What if you woke up one day only to find out that everything has changed forever?
Elena knows what she wants from life, she has her whole world charted out and is engaged to be married to Alex, but when she takes a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful southern charm of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, her whole world is rocked and rolled when she meets handsome Chris. No one told her she may have to make a choice, but now, faced with the inevitable reality, she realizes that her final destination is not nearly as important as her endless Journey to the Ocean.
Praise for Lena Mikado
WRITER'S PERSONAL STORY STRANGER THAN FICTION
"ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- As a girl growing up in Voronezh, Russia, Lena Mikado loved the Southern classic novel, "Gone with the Wind." Of course, she was reading it in her native language - Russian..."
"Amidst the humor, very poignant and philosophical moments." - My Sweet Delirium
"You will laugh like you did with Bridget Jones, you will cry like you did with Eat, Pray, Love. It will stay in your heart forever." - Bookworm and Coffee
From #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Richard Bard comes a heart-pounding adventure of love, loyalty, and survival - as a gifted child faces the ultimate question of whether or not he can kill in order to save his loved ones.
A gifted 7-year-old boy and his teen siblings are ripped from their peaceful lives--kidnapped by a sinister organization determined to get back at their father. But when their plane crashes an ocean away in the bear-infested jungles of South China, the mysterious motive behind their abduction is the least of their problems, and they must lever every ounce of their courage and wits to survive the wilds and escape the ruthless drug lord who is hot on their heels.
Important Note: Gifted is a compilation novella taken from the Brainrush thriller novels Brainchild and Smoke & Mirrors, which are books four and five of the series. If you've read those full-length novels, then you've already read most of the contents of this novella. If you'd prefer to read the entire series from start to finish, then you'll be happy to learn that Brainrush (Book-1) is currently available FREE.
An "international thriller with soul." Ideal reading for fans of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Vince Flynn.
This is a magical story about a gifted but vulnerable girl who is both saved and damned by an angel who falls in love with her music and claims it as his own in a Faustian pact. With Mary in his thrall, he ruthlessly kills those who threaten his plan to bring Mary to Carnegie Hall where her talent will be hailed supreme.
Tarō is the heroic tale of Japan’s legendary boy samurai. Author Blue Spruell reimagines traditional Japanese folklore in an historical fantasy adventure filled with samurai swords, martial arts, and mythical Japanese creatures from old Japan.
Lost in the mists of Mount Fuji . . . But no one can escape destiny.
The year is 1596, when samurai warlords fight for control of the Imperial throne. Tarō does not want to be a samurai like his father, but fate takes a hand when a witch enchants the boy. Gaining supernatural powers, and befriending the magical forest animals of Mount Fuji, Tarō saves a powerful warlord’s life and discovers his destiny—as he hurdles headlong into the total war for ultimate control of Japan.
Was he on a promise or just so used to girls falling at his feet he couldn’t tell the difference? Lust at first sight was more his thing than good old-fashioned love but she was stirring something forgotten.
Who doesn’t dream of being the girl he gives it all up for? If you love a rock-star romance, you won’t want to miss this captivating short story.
Flame-haired rock-god Aiden Delaney has it all. But three days before his sell-out headline gig, he takes off alone, disillusioned and on a quest for inspiration. Fame and fortune was never meant to be such a senseless treadmill. Where does he go from here?
In his recurring nightmare he’s trapped beneath the stage in a padlocked crate, frantically battering the sides. A few feet above him the show goes on, louder as he hammers for help. Nobody misses him. It’s time he got the hell out. But nobody jumps ship without a life-raft.
Is it fate he gets snowed-in with beautiful country-girl Marianne? But can he admit to feeling lost and scared of the future? He’ll sound like a lunatic. She could be his muse or his salvation but she doesn’t even own up to recognising him.
They have three days alone in her cottage, miles from the city. Three magical days which will surely change their lives.
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The Hostile is a contemporary thriller with a heavy sprinkling of paranormal and fantasy. In a rundown area of Manchester inside a decrepit bathroom in a small terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates young Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena’s life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena if they know what’s good for them. After reading The Hostile, you'll never look at D.I.Y. in the same way again. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
A post-apocalyptic Earth under alien rule.
A lone wolf assassin with a chip on his shoulder.
Can he find his way through a maze of deceit to victory?
Aiden has always felt like an outsider. After the rebel operative is captured and imprisoned by the world’s galactic overlords, he awaits execution. Then a mole working for the occupying regime alerts him to a plot that could destroy the entire resistance... Engineering a daring escape, Aiden’s growing feud with the new rebel leader leaves him out in the cold – and smouldering with resentment. Faced with deceit and betrayals on every side, he recruits a group of overlooked outcasts and stakes everything on one last mission.
Can the restless, reckless Aiden take a stand long enough to save humanity from enslavement?
It's 2094 and Aiden, a temperamental Australian, is part of the underground resistance to the alien takeover that followed WWIII. He gets him into hot water with his rebel leadership, and his ex being the alien ruler's heir complicates matter – plus, he's been captured by the regime and is awaiting execution. He escapes, releasing the Creature, only to be confronted with his girlfriend Petra's defection to his new leader.
Aiden requests a mission. After choosing one companion (Bully, a fug) and stumbling upon another (Pavlina), he's almost killed by a turncoat rebel, barely escapes the mission's aftermath, and has to fight for his life when the stolen spacecraft is unexpectedly boarded. There is a crisis of identity, a rebel uprising and two unexpected plot twists, but by the end of the book Aiden discovers a new maturity and becomes the leader he was meant to be.
Is anyone ever really free of their past? Is it truly possible to start over fresh?
Etta was certainly going to try. After her turbulent undergraduate years, she was getting a fresh start in Marquette and finishing her dream. She’d pour everything she had into a healthy mind, body and spirit and work to become the best writer she could. What a dream spot to do it, along the shores of Lake Superior.
Tom was forging a new vision for his life after a career-ending injury as a power player on Northern Michigan’s college hockey team. The NHL was no longer in his future. But what were his prospects? Where would he find that something he’d longed for, to build a life like his parents had? How could he form what they had found together?
After a meeting of the minds, Tom and Etta create a bond from friendship. That friendship blossoms into romance. But is it really possible to start anew with so much baggage and no clear vision of the future? Do your experiences shape you into someone who can make something pure and clean from the crumbling embers? Or will the past always come looking for you when you least expect it?
Words from another Henrietta, who re-built her life from tragedy, bring the answers that allow Etta to move forward. But is it already too late?
Henrietta is stand-alone coming-of-age romance, which is the first in a three-book series, set in Marquette, Michigan and northern Iowa.
(Contains adult language and content)
Are you tired of romances that are always about a billionaire or a bad boy? Or better yet, the troublemaker who is in reality a good man but nobody knows it? They aren't realistic and after a few of them, they grow old. Patricia M Jackson strives to write romances about people you might meet in real life, people like you and I. They may do somewhat extraordinary things in her books, but their fifteen minutes of fame are quickly gone and they go on to live the lives of a Regular Jane and Joe.
Do you believe in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Mandy always adored Joel. But he was the local hot-boy and she was the schoolgirl neighbour barely on his radar. Their paths don’t cross again until they’re free and single young adults. They meet by chance in a picturesque seaside village, perfect for sizzling summer afternoons and endless sultry nights of newly discovered passion. They know instantly they’re soulmates, destined to be lovers forever.
But life isn’t like that. A curved ball is hurled right under their feet, wrenching them apart. Will real life conspire against them? Or can they find each other once again and live happily ever after?
A bittersweet short story for lovers of contemporary romance.
With America under attack from within, twelve-year-old James must fight his way to freedom while trying to hold onto his values and virtue.
"We are all given a space in life to fill, a roaring emptiness in time... and it's how you choose to fill that void, that will determine the difference in becoming a man or a legend."
That's what my father said to me a few years ago before he walked out on Mom, Emily, and me. If I would have had any sense back then, I would have asked him exactly what that meant.
Instead, I'm out here learning it the hard way - dodging bullets and bombs while America is at war - my friends fighting back with all we have, while trying to keep these orphaned children safe and our dreams alive.
They call us The Risers. Well, okay... so we call ourselves "The Risers." But either way, we're out here doing everything we can just to survive and rise up from our nation's ashes with honor, integrity, and justice.
Now, with smoky memories of a lost childhood, and the horrible, lingering, cardboard taste of MRE crackers (still left over from living in Dad's bomb shelter), my mini army and me march forward, taking back what was once taken for granted.
But to be honest, I'm really just out here winging it. Wish me luck.
Praise for Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend
"Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend by Jacob Paul Patchen is a story that rallies your spirit and lifts your soul as the children left to defend our great country step forward to fight... This well-written novel has the suspense and action of a thriller, yet it leaves you hopeful when our children are put to the test."--Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
"An original and compelling work of dystopian fiction."--SPR
"...a great book for teens that like science fiction and apocalyptic stories with non-stop action and drama. The ending was unexpected-in a good way-I just wasn't ready for the story to be over and hopefully there will be more to come."--Reader Views Kids
"This is a story about a boy's unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of an unimaginable situation and of the horror of war. As James and his comrades burrow deeper into the conflict, they discover the men they hope to become and forge a bond of brotherhood. Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend is a stunning story of strength, perseverance, and love."--Dave H., Authors Reading
If you enjoy spiritually uplifting novels like Watership Down you will love this captivating tale of a young raven commanded by God to leave the safety of home and reclaim Raven's ancient role as friend and ally of humankind.
Praised as a "superbly written inspirational novel" by the Midwest Book Review, The Raven Who Spoke with God has been published in 11 foreign language editions. Written for all ages, it's a light-hearted, fun read with important life skills to share--a story of courage and spiritual awakening that is also a charming love story.
Read how Joshua overcomes the fear of failure as he listens to words of encouragement from a friendly wolf. Soar the skies with him as he explores the meaning of life and fulfills his destiny in what has been hailed as "one of the sweetest and most profound fables you will ever read."
WARNING! This book may contain NUTS! (Non-Uniform Text Speech)
In other words speech in what some have called "Olde English Vernacular". It is spoken by characters in the book from the North, the Midlands and the South of England. There is a glossary at the end of the book to help if you can rise to the challenge. It adds shades of colour to this 19th century story that you may not be expecting.
When Mrs Alexander wrote about “the rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate” and declared that “God made them, high or lowly, and order’d their estate” in the ever popular hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, she was probably reflecting one of the mores of the times. It would fit in well with prejudices and beliefs of the middle and upper classes that paternalism had indeed been intended by God, thus laws protecting the workers in their fields, mills and factories were not necessary. In the words of Browning so long as “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world!”
The continuing story of the Quarry Bank Runaways is about what happened to two cotton apprentices over three decades during the Industrial Revolution; first as qualified young men with hopes and later when they are full grown. By the start of the Victorian period the fates and their ambitions would have collided. Serious events and incidents, both personal and national, were about to impinge upon the lives of Thomas Priestley and Joseph Sefton, who had earlier run away from their apprentice master, Samuel Greg. What would cause a qualified mule spinner to give up his comparatively safe job and risk failure, ridicule or destitution? Ambitious and determined working class individuals like Tommy and Joe had to carefully step through a pathway involving love, loyalty and legal persecution and prejudice, from within the social hierarchy of the times.
The inspiration to write The Quarry Bank Runaways and Mules; Masters & Mud came about after reading The Real Oliver Twist by John Waller, a biography of Robert Blincoe, and acting as a tour guide around the Quarry Bank Mill Museum in England. There to discover the existence of the real apprentices and the lives of many child cotton apprentices during the Industrial Revolution.
FALLEN HERO is about a man who seems to spend his life building bridges. Bridges between his unknown origins and his aspirations in life. Once he finds a tenuous link to his biological father Chris Squires cannot help but follow its path. Despite his misgivings he seeks out his roots.
FALLEN HERO is also about a man who is trying to reconcile the realities of war, and life, with his disappointment over his lost inner hopes for the dad he needed to find.
Two boys about to become teenagers: Christopher, born just after the end of World War Two, grows up in the UK; Fritz, orphaned by a bomb dropped on his German home in that same terrible war, befriended by a US marine. When Christopher discovers he was adopted he seeks to find his biological father. Fritz never gets the chance to grow much older and is found dead in the back of General George Patton's Cadillac at the end of the war.
Chris Squires is a confused man, constantly seeking his hero father-figure. The British baby boomer is surprised to find he has a connection with Fritz. Chris discovers the link through Jimmy Lucas, a GI veteran, who he believes could be his father. But his surprise turns to horror when he learns that Jimmy was involved in the death of both Patton and the boy.
Did he kill General George Patton, one of the greatest Generals of the twentieth century? Did he kill an orphaned German boy at the end of World War Two? If the answer to any or all of these questions is Yes! how will Chris cope with the rest of his life?
A confrontation creates further tragedy for Chris, for Jimmy, and for Walt - the man who had saved Jimmy’s life! Chris panics and retreats back to Britain, trying to forget the incident he caused in San Francisco. Although appearing to lead a mundane and respectable life, for years he is tormented by guilt. He still hopes to find his hero, a guide to some kind of inner peace. And then Walt re-enters his life bringing with him a new bridge!
This is the personal story of Joe B. Hewitt who escaped from the Watchtower Cult. The first half of the book is a narrative of how the author came to the realization that he had been lied to and had repeated lies to others, how, after he left the Jehovah’s Witnesses his mother was forced to declare him dead and to shun him.
He tells of his call into the ministry and experiences dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses. The book refutes the peculiar doctrines of the Watchtower Society such as: denial of the deity of Jesus Christ; denial of his literal and physical resurrection; denial of the Christian’s hope of heaven; denial of the existence of hell; and many others.
Hewitt also refutes the Watchtower’s peculiar rules that Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to live by, including prohibiting them from celebrating Christmas. A section: “Why Celebrate Christmas?” gives Biblical reasons for celebrating Christmas.
1st Edition, 1979, Accent Books, Denver, sold 40,000 copies; 2nd Edition 1983, translated into Chinese, China Sunday School Association, Taiwan; 3rd Edition, Kregel Books, Grand Rapids, sales with 1st Edition totaled 45,000 copies. After the book went out of print, the 1st and 3rd Editions continued to sell as Kindle books on Amazon.
A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
An incredibly entertaining and compelling story… I could not put this one down. - Jessica Rachow Book Reviews
A brilliant story full of intrigue and mystery…keeping me hooked throughout - Black Book Blogs
A plot full of tension and (impossible) choices made for one great read - The Magic of Wor(l)ds
In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome and find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy is entranced by nature as he follows a hare. A marriage enters its death throes with a terrifying drive. In May a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry. There are dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete, but real violence erupts later in the year with an influx of newcomers at harvest time. In November a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. As the year ends the whole village comes together to overcome imminent danger. These twelve, inter-linked stories portray a year in the life of the village and its inhabitants, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of modern life. Babies are born, children grow, matches are made or marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.
“I found the girl of my dreams and I loved her more than life…”
Who is the enigmatic stranger who appears from nowhere? How does he know Janey’s deepest secrets? A haunting short story of love, loss and never letting go.
Janey is home alone during a raging storm. A mysterious young guy knocks on the door and begs her to go with him. He has something important to tell her and they’re running out of time.
They roar through the storm on a powerful motorbike, seeking shelter in a tumbledown shack. He gives her a pendant, a serpent with blazing red eyes. She’s seen it before but can’t recall where.
Janey yearns for him to unlock the riddles of her past. She’s unsettled and struggling to belong. He tells her about a girl waiting in vain on a perilous bridge. Who is she and how is she linked to Janey? But what if it’s too late for Janey to learn the truth?
Don’t miss this haunting short story of soulmates and life beyond.
Humor. Love. Conspiracy.
Chad “Manic” Murphy, is an amusing and charismatic hockey star on the rise. His tutor is the gorgeous Isabella Donato, his teammate’s twin sister. If only he hadn’t promised never to touch her. Though his life is in turmoil, he charms his way into her heart. When she comes to her senses, her follow-the-rules mentality often clashes with his oblivious, impulsive ways.
Murphy’s one-sided decision to turn pro, throws them into a cycle of unanswered longing. He stumbles upon a lawless domain driven by a man who has the power to destroy his world. Can Murphy clean up his chaotic life and once again sweep Izzy off her feet? Tragedy leaves her wondering if they could ever make it work.
Isabella is the second in the new adult romance series “The House of Donato”. If you like an enjoyable light-hearted romance, with sensitive love scenes sure to delight and arouse, download this unpredictable and compelling read today.
Outside the city an army awaits the signal to attack.....Will our heroes survive?Inside the walls fourteen year old Nathan, his older cousin, Rebecca and their friend, Atta, face an uncertain future. Each of them has a vital decision to make. Each has a perilous journey to undertake.
In war-torn Al Andalus King and Emir vie for supremacy. Bandits and pirates roam land and sea in the wake of armies, as our heroes set out on their desperate journeys to find freedom and safety. If they are to succeed, they must first face down their fears and decide what sort of a people they want to be.All of them will change.
NOT ALL OF THEM WILL MAKE IT HOME.
Praise for the author, J.J.Anderson and her previous work
'I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (Goodreads book reviewer)
'I look forward very much to further works by this author.' - Amazon review
'The author has a real ability to create images and atmosphere through finely observed and compressed descriptions of people and places.'- Amazon review
'I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer' - Amazon review
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This first loosely autobiographical book in The Mug Trilogy tells the story of Jersey-born Mug, a troubled girl from a recently broken home. It covers her experiences as a sixteen-year-old girl at the Isle of Wight Music Festival in 1970, the same year that she follows a guru. It describes her tumultuous years as an art student in Coventry, where vegetarian Mug finds herself living next door to an abattoir and railway shunting yard with David, a fellow art student. Dramatic events follow on from the evening they meet at a student party, when Mug attempts to save David from attempting a very public drunken suicide attempt.
A young man coming of age as he undergoes basic military training. Stories drawn from real-world experience, with the anti-hero transforming from awkward teenager to young adult as he tries to outwit those in authority. These eight short stories are hilarious, serious, whimsical, and entertaining, providing insights into a young man's search for identity and independence within a military system designed for conformity and control.
Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.
Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?
The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.
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These are linked stories, in the spirit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. They are about a sixteen-year old girl, Kedzie Greer, who was raised in a utopian community and leaves home to make her way in a dystopian society. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States.
In these stories, technology coexists with a haunted world. There are witches and robots, ghosts and e-beasts, a mystical lake and a human warehouse.
If you want to get into the main story at once, begin with “Leaving Home.” It is about Kedzie's decision to seek a life outside the town gates.
If you want to begin with background on the town, start with “The Town With Four Names.” It has had a long strange trip from its beginning in the late nineteenth century, when it resembled the Chautauqua Institution, to 2199.
Brissy finds out she is far from normal; she is a Gene Bearer – a Mutata, able to hear and control minds. Entering the treacherous world of Gene Bearers brings dangers with Acadia who want to corrupt her and Zraykus who want to kill her. Brissy hopes her capabilities can be used for good, but they can also be a weapon, she can kill. Is she turning into something to be feared?
When Brissy reads a letter left by her dead mother, she gets a disturbing glimpse into her family background. The letter reveals a shocking revelation that floors Brissy. She is left with little choice but to agree to meet with her grandfather. The man who hunted her mother for most of her life, kidnapped her, and forced her to make a terrible choice.
Brissy prays that she can cope as it becomes clear that her journey and the challenges she will face are just beginning. She must cope and stay true to herself as she walks her true-life path.
This fast pace urban fantasy will have you engrossed and turning the pages. The characters are wonderfully diverse, and they come to life with the developing story. Readers are thrown a curve ball with plot twists that are both intriguing and a genuine surprise. The book ends on a cliff hanger. The good news is that Brissy’s story continues in Book 2 which is expected to come out in 2022.
"A biblical comedy, a millennial carnival, a strange dispatch from beyond the rapture."
"A crazy-ass futuristic book."
Jack Delfan is an unwitting Noah who has turned his back on the world of men. He lives in an oil tanker in a sea of sand. He believes in digging. When a son, Hob, is delivered to him, Delfan teaches the boy how to use a spade and read the book. Delfan is a difficult father and refuses to tell Hob who his mother is. Then the Gcwi come.
Hob and the Gcwi set out on a quest to find Hob's mother. It is a journey that is destined to break Hob's heart. There are times when a broken heart is what it takes.
The Excavations is coming of age tale which delves into the history of the world, and into its future. It is a prophecy of what will come if we fail to confront the results of climate change and imploding capitalism.
From old English delfan "to dig"
From Proto-Indo-European root dhelbh - source also of Lithuanian delba "crowbar," Russian dolbit, Czech dlabati, Polish dłubać "to chisel".
Related: Delved; delving.
Can also be an instruction:
The Lancashire village of Brierley swelters beneath a suffocating blanket of intense July heat.
Lucy Hill is almost eighteen and restless. She dreams of escaping the oppressive stupor of the village she grew up in. Lucy's frustration with her life intensifies along with the interminable heatwave, until she is drafted in by the vicar's wife to help bring some order to the vicarage following the family's move to Brierley.
As the heat of the summer burns ever more fiercely, her presence at the vicarage sparks an obsession which has fatal consequences. No-one ever imagined that a girl like Lucy could be the subject of such an obsession.
No-one imagined that a girl like Lucy would cross the Rubicon.
An unlikely group of misfits and outcasts answer the call to join a venture that will seek out fabled treasures of untold magnitude. A tale steeped in legends of mystery and myth, the only certainty is that the location of this treasure trove is somewhere within the dangerous, mystical Realm of Thunder. With the threat of a looming civil war and a band of companions including an amorous werewolf, a couple of disgraced dwarves and a wizard of uncertain skills, what could possibly go wrong?
The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States.
Kedzie Greer is pretty, smart, accomplished, and loved. She grew up in paradise: a small lakeside community with utopian ideals. But on turning sixteen — the age of legal adulthood in 2199 — Kedzie decides she has had enough of paradise.
Story 1, “The Town With Four Names,” is about Kedzie's idyllic hometown, which has survived against all odds for more than three hundred years. Cassie Stillwater, a 90-year-old descendent of the original founder, writes down the town’s history, a history that turns personal.
Story 2, “Leaving Home,” is about Kedzie’s decision to seek a life outside the town gates. She finds a job that horrifies her parents, who fear that they raised her too well and protected her too much.
Story 1 will remind you of summer. Story 2 will remind you of what it feels like to begin work on your life.
The stories aren’t Young Adult in spite of the age of the heroine and in spite of the fact that they are more or less G-rated. They aren’t exactly science fiction either.
This little “appetizer” book introduces the setting and the basic plot of New Sun Rising: Ten Stories.
These three Prequels introduce the two worlds of Brogan McLane,his place and community in Glasgow,The Calton and the place where he becomes an Advocate in the Supreme Courts of Scotland in Parliament House, Edinburgh. The series is set chronologically. The first prequel 'The Cross' is about the turbulent night of McLane's birth in Glasgow. The second 'The Cycle' is about McLane's coming of age in the Calton Bar. The third prequel 'The Boots' is about McLane's first case in Parliament House in Edinburgh.
In a strangely-shaped world far away, lived a little girl in one of the many towns of the Kingdom of Melanion. She's like any other growing child - loves cookies, plays every chance she gets, and curious about a lot of things. But there's one distinct difference which sets Frieda apart. Unknown to her, the magic of an entire world considers her as a friend.
And that has never happened before.
(Half of the net proceeds of the ebook and paperback versions of the book will be donated to an Asian foundation caring for poor children with cancer.)
Written under the pen name Kenneth Warde.
James Whyle takes on the war genre with an eloquent narrative and a command of language and style that captures the fragility and bleakness of the time. There is no doubt that Whyle is a masterful storyteller.
The Book of War tells the story of a boy who comes to manhood in a war. William Kentridge has called it, “a rare feast”, and Rian Malan, “a very good book, possibly great.”
An illiterate European child is stranded on the southern tip of Africa. The British and the Xhosa have been spilling each other’s blood for eighty years and the kid signs up for the conflict in the hope of steady meals and a few shillings a month.
Great Book For All Ages !!!
How does man in a new country feel? What if non living things could walk, where would they go? What if inanimate things can wish? What would they wish for?
Two of children's favorite things to do is reading and telling stories. They have really short attention span so making them listen is really challenging especially if you want them to understand something really important. But what can be more fun learning about values than engaging them in a witty, adventurous and exciting tale?
Pharmdee: The Pill Factory Volume 1 brings you that! This children's book written by PhD Anchor, is an adventure series that will surely get you hooked in suspense with every chapter in each of its 26 volumes.
The story follows Nick, a man from early19th century England moved to the United States of America. He owns Barden Pill Factory that manufactures pills including Almo, a little and very much alive pill.
Almo, being able to escape, roams around the factory and meets several inanimate friends. As he wanders, he gets exposed to the thrilling yet shocking lives of pills. Now, Almo wants to grow bigger and stronger
One day, as Nick was moving a cargo away on Mississippi river, he encounters Naval Air Station agents whom he promised to give 999 pills but there is a HUGE problem! One pill is missing -- and it's Almo!
Now, with one pill lost, what will happen to Nick?a read alone or with guidance book for kids age 5-8, or as a read alone tale for kids 9-12 who are looking for a new sort of hero. oxford dictionary,Will he be able to go back to the factory? What will become of Almo? Will he get his wish of growing bigger?
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Catch the enchantment of 16thC and 17thC Japan, country of the misty mountains, towering castles, (shiro) with magical shrines. There are gods and spirits lurking everywhere to catch the unwary, and of course, that code of honour, of duty at all costs, which shapes the life of the honourable samurai. The four stories in this anthology, based on the myths and legends of Edo Japan, of the best of the Samurai era, capture the scent, sense and mystery of old Japan.
Treacherous secrets – keep them or share them? A difficult decision but honesty is the best policy. Isn't it?
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?
Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong person he could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.
And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?
Reviews for Strand of Faith.
An incredibly entertaining and compelling story… I could not put this one down. If you enjoy stories about impossible choices and tension-filled plots then Strand of Faith is for you - Jessica Rachow Book Reviews
A brilliant story full of intrigue and mystery with the main characters all interacting with each other perfectly keeping me hooked throughout - Black Book Blogs
A plot full of tension and (impossible) choices made for one great read - The Magic of Wor(l)ds
Walk tells the story of a nightmarish scramble along the wild coastline of South Africa by the survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor on 5 August 1782. Having decided to walk to the Cape of Good Hope, beginning at Lambasi in northern Pondoland, the few survivors ended up in the dune deserts not far from what we now know as
Walk takes the reader, step by step, day by day, on young William Hubberly’s horrific trek. While indisputably fiction, Walk sails a good deal closer to the historical truth than most nonfiction you will read and is a haunting parable on the meeting of Europe and Africa.
Cycling was already an adventure, but then…
Teenage bicycle racing phenom Emily Hampstead is training for a major race.
Retired Army nurse Hilda Paisley is traveling the USA on her bicycle. They meet by chance on a deserted road in Kansas, not suspecting that they’ll ever cross paths again.
Emily continues to win races to the delight and surprise of bicycle racing fans in the US and abroad. Her family moves to Virginia, where she attracts unexpected and deadly attention.
Meanwhile, after witnessing a terrorist attack, Hilda helps the police make arrests – and the terrorists add her name to their hit list. After escaping the immediate threat, Hilda reports to a temporary nursing job in a Southern hospital.
When Emily accepts Hilda's offer to ride to Canada – with Hilda's friend Jack – it promises to be a fun adventure.
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Middle school is a turbulent time, and for Evan, Jake, Steven, Stacy, Ellie, Justin, and Kev it was a year they would never forget. Follow the story of their lives before high school during a momentous school year in this tale of shocking events and life choices.
It's just a translation, right? Maybe not …
Joe Lockhart can barely remember a time before his mother, Nancy, a drug company executive, brought him to Italy to escape her grief after the death of Joe's father. Now, against a background of escalating political violence and Nancy’s concerns for his safety, Joe wants to finish high school before returning to the US. He begins translating confidential company files for his mother and Luke, her colleague.The work seems straightforward and harmless. While Nancy and Luke are in Germany on business, Joe uncovers a plot to overthrow the Italian government. Soon, he finds himself kidnapped, wanted by the military police, and racing to help head off a coup d'état.
Lockhart is a tale of personal and political conflict, of recovery from grief, and finding new meaning in the idea of home.
It is February 1265 and our heroes return home to find that their city has changed. Can their friendships and affections survive the new order? Rebecca is love-lorn and persecuted; Miguel is now the head of the Delgado family; Ben, the reluctant hero, pines for the past and Atta is desperate to find his father, held hostage by bandeleros. Together with Nathan, the runaway with dangerous new friends, their story unfolds as King and Emir jostle for power in the mountains. Nathan and Atta still wear their rings, but, in a cruel twist of fate, Juan’s lost ring re-emerges, carried by someone who threatens Rebecca’s future and her happiness. Meanwhile the bandits join forces with a new and dangerous ally. As an audacious plan to rescue Atta's father is hatched, the friends are separated once again, each of them in great danger.Can they survive and find their way to safety and each other? FRIENDSHIP FOREVER
The Silver Rings is the second in the Al Andalus series. Reconquista, Book I in the series, was long listed for the Mslexia Childrens Book 2016 Award.
The year is 2063 – 27 years after magic returned to our world. Leeth has survived a childhood as the unwitting subject of Dr Harmon’s unethical experiments at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction. She is now an eager assassin for a government black ops department.
Her missions: seduce and destroy.
But Harmon, knowing she’s unprepared for the emotional cost of those missions, sees in that pain the key to her magical development and survival.
Magic, however, can be subtle – from shattered remnants, new seeds can grow. And when the artefact of a Death God is added to the mix, it won’t be Leeth alone who is tested.
This is an uplit (cheerful) historical novel set in 1898 to 1900. The novel is set in India, Australia and the bulk in New Zealand. Although there is a slightly more than my usual amount of romance it is not a romance but a Victorian historical, looking at how a young woman grows up, learns to cope and make choices and decisions for herself as best she can under 19thC social expectation for women.
What? Leave India? Move to the colonies and make a new life there? Melisande, appalled, gazed at her brother and fiancée. She loved her life in India. She’d been cossetted, loved and happy there. Of course the plague meant a radical change, but they could still live on the family’s small estate couldn’t they? But, no. Brother Jeri didn’t want to live in India, neither did fiancée Richard. Both young men, filled with excitement at the thought adventure in the colonies, were determined to go, and Melisande must go with them. Her life turned upside down, rushed into her wedding, onto a ship and off to Australia, and finally New Zealand, Melisande has to learn how to run a home and cope with New Zealand, a life so different from her Indian one. Can she make a home and a life as happy as her Indian one?
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