Coming of Age

The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Coming of Age:

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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?

(4.6)

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In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.

The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean,
who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.

EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.

(4.6)

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Growing up in a mentally abusive household was never fun, but then I married a Walter Mitty character who took me to Africa and into some ridiculous and dangerous situations! To survive, I worked 24/7. I taught children, ran the worst riding school in the world, bred pet animals, announced on radio, lived on a boat and brought up two children of my own. On the lighter side, I hosted a royal occasion, met heads of state, interviewed Nelson Mandela and shook hands with Prince Charles. Much to my amazement I 'fell' into the media, first writing for radio and television, then directing, and eventually I ran my own video production company and won several awards. However, throughout all this, my mother lurked in the background, always there to remind me what a failure I was. The only thing that saved me from admittance to the nearest mental home was an unfailing sense of humour.

(4.7)

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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.

(4.9)

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“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.

(4.3)

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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.

(4.9)

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What Roble wants to create is illegal...if not impossible.
And everyone seems determined to stop him from trying. But when a few unrepentant ladies join his fight to live free, the Las Vegas desert is going to light up like the 4th of July.
 
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"If you want a cross-breed between an Ayn Rand novel and a techno-thriller, this is the best you'll read."  --Amazon reviewer
 
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Alexa counted her shallow breaths. "Roble, what...what is it you need?"

He pulled his arrowhead out from his shirt and rubbed it. "I don't need to hear how scary the world is and how I shouldn't try anything. I don't need to know how much suffering there is out there," he pointed out the window, "or how bad I should feel about it. What I need..." he looked up, his grey eyes pleading, "...is to see someone who is still happy after growing up."

Lowering his head, he added, "I need to see living, Ms. Patra, because I actually want to live."

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The East China Sea glistened like an endless glass sheet. The F-22 Raptor Super Kai flashed just above its surface, ripping twin aerated water plumes into the air.

A grey destroyer sat broadside in the water just ahead. Roble hurtled toward its bow without slowing.

Crossing above the ship, the jet's sonic shockwave rocked sailors to the deck as if Roble's soul had exploded through their bodies. Sea spray from the wake doused the ship's hull like an exclamation point.

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Advisory: This novel contains sex, drugs, and fighter jets.

(4.4)

127 reviews*

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LIFE THROUGH A DEAD WOMAN'S EYES
“With so many supernatural tales on the shelves it’s hard to find something genuinely original yet Beyond Death fits the description well, with author Deb McEwan bringing a distinctive new voice to this ever popular genre.” Book Viral
What really happens when we die? Claire Sylvester is about to find out.
In her strange new world Claire watches the secret lives of those she loves unravel, while deciding who deserves to be saved.
And more than she knows depends on her actions, and those of her unlikely partner.
‘Beyond Death’, a fast-paced paranormal thriller of life, death, deceit and danger.

"Ken thought he was having a nightmare. He felt fingers prodding him and he couldn’t breathe. The fingers turned to fully formed hands and they multiplied as he watched in fascination as their prodding became more urgent and they started to pull and poke at his body. It took him a while to realise he wasn’t sleeping.
The cold realisation that the pain in his chest had killed him hit like a punch in the guts. He would have been furious had he not been so frightened. Ken tried to compose himself and waited for the beckoning white light that he knew must surely come. But the scabby, gnarled and bloody hands started dragging him downwards. To add to his fear he looked around and saw a number of faces closing in; some tortuous, some smiling, but all gruesome. The hands pulled him further down and the faces taunted him.
He screamed but no one came to help."

(4.3)

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2013 International Book Awards Finalist
2013 Grace Awards Finalist
2013 Selah Awards Finalist
2013 Readers' Favorite Finalist
2014 Book Goodies Best Cover Contest Winner YA category

The Door is the first book in the Seventh Dimension Series that combines contemporary, historical, and fantasy elements into a Christian "coming-of-age" story. A curse put on Shale Snyder, because of a secret, shrouds her with insecurity and fear. Following suspension from school, Shale's best friend isn't allowed to see her anymore and she feels abandoned by her family.

When a stray dog befriends her, she follows it into the woods. There she discovers a door that leads to another world--a garden with talking animals, demonic underlings, forbidden love, and a king unlike any other. Can Shale overcome her past, defeat the underlings, and embrace her eternal destiny?

(4.2)

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Book Two in The Gift Saga: The continuation of Evanthia’s Gift … In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows. Evanthia's Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood. Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.

(4.8)

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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.

(4.2)

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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

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"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

(4.0)

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From Karolina Robinson, Winner of the Centre of Excellence Awards 2017 - Creative Writing...

On one of those magically white winters nights, my mother took me in her arms and shut the doors behind her.
We left my drunken father in the name of a better life. And the name of that better life was Tom, a local gangster with the face of the devil himself.
The next thing I saw was my mother’s bloody face bashed into the ground and teeth scattered around her lifeless body.
I looked at him and thought to myself - PLEASE, DON'T KILL ME.

"The intensity, the drama and harsh reality will leave you gasping."


This story has haunted me all of my life, through the daily flashbacks and nightmares.
It has taken me some time to build up the courage to let this story out of my heart.
And now, with every single word I can live free.
Finally.
- Karolina -

(4.6)

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"A fantastic enthralling read...would recommend this book to everyone." Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

"Deb McEwan has created a beautiful portrait of the times, with just the right touch of romance." Goodreads Reviewer

"Humourous romantic, nostalgic and educational - this book has it all." Amazon Reviewer

A WELSH GIRL, AN ENGLISH BOY. NINETEEN SEVENTIES BRITAIN. THE ARMY

Cheesecloth is considered high fashion, young teenage girls are in love with the Bay City Rollers and the middle aged are outraged by Punk Rock.

Naive Michelle Warbutton longs to see the world; already world weary, Guy Halfpenny is desperate to escape from his.

Both have limited choices.


Their paths aren’t destined to cross until they join the British Army - where sexism is rife and political correctness hasn't been invented.


Discover how lives are shaped, friendships forged, and loves won and lost in this compelling adventure of humour, passion and tragedy.

(4.4)

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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.

(4.4)

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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.

This hot new romance is sure to melt your heart. Don’t miss out. Scroll up now and click buy to start reading.

(4.0)

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"Justice for the Black Knight" won the 2015 Beverley Hills Book Award for Best Legal Thriller. It was awarded the prestigious star by Kirkus Reviews which called it "...superbly crafted...intricately detailed...a must read story of relationships, prejudice and bravery, a vivid paeon for justice." Red City Review wrote that it "...quite astutely tackles the topic of racism, combining the best attributes of legal thrillers like 'The Firm' with the exploratory and contemplative tone of subtle but powerful works of literature like Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man." Clarion Reviews called it "...a twentieth century law and order fable...that has the feel of a true crime mystery, coming of age novel, and high stakes courtroom drama rolled into one..."



This dramatic legal thriller is a story of beautiful relationships wrapped in a dark mystery from the distant past that will decide the fate of a man on trial for his life. Ruby and Annabelle, who became friends during the shadow of the Great Depression, crossing the boundaries that separated them by race, are reunited at the murder trial of Ruby's brother, the last person either of them want to believe would commit such a heinous crime. When they were children, Freddie had created a childhood alter ego called the “Black Knight,” who vowed to fight injustice in the world, and had tried to live up to that ideal throughout his life. But now, Freddie finds himself on trial for the brutal murder of an elderly man of stellar reputation, facing the death penalty, represented by an incompetent attorney, and unlikely to receive the justice he thinks, but isn't sure, he deserves.



Justice for the Black Knight is the story of a 1981 trial, where Annabelle and Ruby reach back into the past to try to prove that Freddie is a hero instead of a villain. It is an inspirational tale of friendship extending beyond the borders of race, which also takes an exciting and realistic look at the process of obtaining justice through the legal system.

(4.3)

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An apocalypse threatens human kind. A highly infectious, lethal, genetic, virus is detected that attacks mankind and mammals. The Government must act, and whilst the authorities struggle to find a cure, they have to plan for the worst. As the disease spreads it is not clear how many will, or will not, survive, nor what the survivors will have to do to live. They will have to cope with their grief and loneliness before they can attempt to rebuild society. They will need to find water, food, shelter, and power and then face the other threats to their survival. If they survive, there may be hope for human kind. If they survive…



This is not horror genre and there are no zombies, and no asteroids, so if you prefer these types of post apocalyptic scenarios, look elsewhere. This is a story about surviving.



WARNING: This book contains violence, death and some sexual scenes that some readers may find disturbing.

(4.0)

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Winner in the 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards for faith-based YA fiction, a finalist in the 2014 USA Book Awards for religious fiction, winner in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for spirituality, and finalist in the visionary category for the 2015 International Book Awards.



After a series of devastating events, a gifted seventeen-year-old Israeli boy becomes the focus of a wager between good and evil. Marked by one, he travels to first century Israel and meets a doctor who becomes his mentor. When he unwittingly makes a pact with the devil and the girl he loves is betrothed to another, his life takes a different course - until his eyes are opened. Trapped in the seventh dimension, how far will God go to save him?

(4.5)

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The Gift Saga concludes with the next generation coming into the forefront of the story during their tumultuous years between adolescence and adulthood. Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul? Over-achieving, focused, talented, determined to succeed. Those are the traits Stella envies in her siblings and cousins. Her insecurities and lack of confidence stunts her ability to realize her own worth. When an older, handsome young man claims her as his own, Stella believes she has finally found who she has been looking for—someone to love her enough to mold her into the best version of herself. But has she fallen in love too quickly for a man she barely knows anything about? Chasing Petalouthes (Chasing Butterflies) is the coming of age story of two flawed, young women who push their way out from the confines of the cocoons they’d built around themselves and discover how to soar.

Chasing Petalouthes can be read as a standalone novel. For the full emotional impact of the character's histories and lives, read Evanthia's Gift & Waiting For Aegina.

(4.7)

38 reviews*

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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.

(4.4)

37 reviews*

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Camryn Painter is a 16-year-old freak of nature. Or possibly the savior of a civilization that isn't supposed to exist. She's a human chameleon... one who transforms into the image of whoever sees.

Escaping from a medical research facility, Camryn discovers a magical forest world. Not that she's welcome. Her new home is filled with faeries and beasts set on destroying her. Striking a tribal alliance between what she once believed were mythical beings is her only chance of survival... if she can just control her power and figure out who to trust.

(4.3)

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A reflection of events that happened to a young man in his mid-twenties over numerous visits to Thailand between 1996 and 2002. A path towards self discovery and the discovery of his surroundings, with many comical events and complicated relationships that finds our man becoming quite close to insanity. A mature read as the awareness of sexuality of himself and others becomes apparent. A transformation from a nice young man as his eyes are forced open to see and experience some unbelievable episodes. My accounts as I recall all of the things that happened to me between these dates.

(3.4)

36 reviews*

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Time hasn't dimmed their bone-deep passion . . .
Ten years ago, Kalli left her rodeo bull-rider husband, Walker Riley, unable to bear her terrible fear for him. Or the fear that she might love him too much.

But passion wasn't enough to overcome fear a decade ago . . .

Walker faces down charging bulls every day, but working with Kalli for a summer as they try to save the Wyoming rodeo that means so much to their beloved mutual mentor, just might break him.

Can the present carry them past the fears and broken trust ... to a future together again?

(4.4)

35 reviews*

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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.

(4.2)

33 reviews*

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Do you believe you can shape your future, determine your destiny? One spring day in 1954, three sixth grade boys make a bet: the one who can climb first to the top of a small green merry-go-round outside their school will be “Champ for life!” For the rest of his days he’ll be “on Easy Street!” So they engage in a “mad scramble . . . clambering over each other with murderous intent,” and eventually one of them reaches the summit and stands triumphant, lording it over the others. He is the merry-go-round man.

The Merry-Go-Round Man is a novel about three boys growing up in the so-called innocent days of the Eisenhower fifties. It’s about rites of passage, loss of innocence, sexual initiation, racism, and much more . Of the three boys, Johnny Roth is central. He possesses two transcendent gifts which are only beginning to emerge as the novel begins. One of them is the ability to box or fight, something he deeply fears. The other ability is artistic and mystical. He is a natural expressionistic painter of vast potential. Unfortunately, Johnny’s father, an Orthodox Jew, hates both of these pursuits, and his opposition tears Johnny apart.

Of the two other boys, Lee Esner grows up to be a gifted football player with what looks like a lucrative pro career ahead of him. He also has a flair for attracting beautiful girls. Is he the merry-go-round man? The third boy, Jimmy Wiggins, is black and from the ghetto. Attending an elite white school with Johnny and Lee, his naive love for a pretty white girl is destroyed by her cruel racism. Another rite of passage. Symbols such as a burning Buddhist monk make us ask whether anyone is really The Merry-Go-Man in life.

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Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy:
Book 1 - A Stranger in the Family
Book 2 - A Stranger to Love
Book 3 - The Rancher Meets His Match.

For his teenage son, Wyoming rancher Dax will do anything - even become a role model in the dating department. Enter the perfect stranger: an Easterner, visiting for just two weeks. But soon Hannah, no longer a stranger, becomes the greatest danger of all to a stubbornly solitary heart.

Finalist for Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Award
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If you like strong women and the men who love them, read THE RANCHER MEETS HIS MATCH to wrap up the Bardville, Wyoming trilogy

Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy:
Book 1 -  A Stranger in the Family
Book 2 -  A Stranger to Love
Book 3 -  The Rancher Meets His Match.

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Some people are born to advantage, privilege. Edmond was born to village idiots who put all his skill points into Luck. They knew an opportunity to win the lottery when they saw it.

Edmond doesn’t want to be a winning ticket. He dreams of becoming a great hero and scholar. Impossible goals when your Intelligence and Wisdom stats couldn’t be lower.

Is Edmond nothing but a walking rabbit’s foot? Will his parents’ dreams of easy fortune come true? It’s all just a lucky roll away.

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The Seventh Dimension Award-Winning Series continues in "The Castle."

Haunted by a recurring dream of his missing father in a mysterious castle, 17-year-old Daniel is captured by the Romans and finds asylum in the Temple. There he discovers a scroll that reveals his future concerning a wager between good and evil.

But the stakes are raised when he witnesses the trial and crucifixion of Yeshua. The convergence of time with supernatural events creates a suspenseful ending and leads to the fourth book in the Seventh Dimension Series, The City.

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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.

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Pre-war Bradford, 1937.
Fragile and disgraced Rose stands pregnant with the child of her own forceful father.
Rose’s daughter Lucy, born into a world of deception, develops into a voluptuous young girl without moral standards, but grounded by life’s events blossoms into a rare flower.
The consequences of wrongdoings ultimately fall on innocent victims.
This is the story of children born into a web of depravity, of love, understanding and self-sacrifice.

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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."

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The Gift Saga Trilogy is now in a complete set. Three books: Evanthia's Gift; Waiting For Aegina; Chasing Petalouthes.

Evanthia’s Gift
In the year 1956, Anastacia finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child, Sophia, is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.
The story continues in the 1970’s as Sophia attempts to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, the boy with who she’s shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.

Waiting For Aegina
Book Two in The Gift Saga: The continuation of Evanthia’s Gift…
In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.

Evanthia's Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.

Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.

Chasing Petalouthes
The Gift Saga concludes with the next generation coming into the forefront of the story during their tumultuous years between adolescence and adulthood.

Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul?

Over-achieving, focused, talented, determined to succeed. Those are the traits Stella envies in her siblings and cousins. Her insecurities and lack of confidence stunts her ability to realize her own worth. When an older, handsome young man claims her as his own, Stella believes she has finally found who she has been looking for—someone to love her enough to mold her into the best version of herself. But has she fallen in love too quickly for a man she barely knows anything about?

Chasing Petalouthes (Chasing Butterflies) is the coming of age story of two flawed, young women who push their way out from the confines of the cocoons they’d built around themselves and discover how to soar.

The Gift Saga is an homage to family, tradition, heritage, perseverance, and everlasting love in all its many forms. Love—unbinding, unbreakable, undeniable—love is eternal.

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It’s the sixties, and London might be swinging, but not for our girl Edith. Raised in a miserable home full of anger and hate, life for poor Edith seems to hold little hope. But she finds plenty when she teams up with her older gay cousin, Ronnie, who makes her his mission with a plan to re-shape her into the fabulous young woman he knows she deserves to be.

Once free of her father and her weak, defenseless mother, her transformation is swift and dramatic. Suddenly, life is an exciting adventure, full of twists and turns, as Edith’s coming of age becomes a roller-coaster ride of glorious highs and frightening lows, including a father who comes back to haunt her. But where will it take her, and how will it end? Who will win, and who will lose?

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is the first of six volumes in the ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you like stories of success over adversity, family dramas and sexual diversity, then you will love Martin Humphries’ bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in living memory. Years chock full of changes of every kind, when being gay usually spelt trouble with a capital T.

Start traveling this fascinating journey through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s today by buying ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, and follow Edith through London, Europe and Hollywood, over two decades, as she matures from troubled teenager to famous beauty.

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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!

(3.7)

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A collection of eight short stories depicting the many trials of human emotions. There is the blush of first love, set in the Caribbean. A miracle of human goodness. The strength of the mind and what it can achieve when pressed. The thin line that separate reality from fiction. The plight of the old at the hand of their caregiver, and the intensity of love when all our senses are engaged..

(4.8)

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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.

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In a ruined world there is only survival.
Supplies are low and desperate journeys must be undertaken.
Sixteen-year-old twins Aiden and Sophia embark on a quest to save their abducted parents.
The road takes them to the northern coast, through hostile lands ruled by the Seafarers whose authority now spreads inland under their ruthless leader, Ray.
WHERE WILL THEIR SEARCH LEAD THEM?
WHO SHOULD THEY TRUST IN THE DISTURBING GAME THEY ARE FORCED TO PLAY?

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"The story of Guy and Mouse was entertaining, and at times, sweat inducing. I liked the thrill and I loved reading about all the inside military action." Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite




NINETEEN EIGHTIES BRITAIN - THE DECADE OF DODGY FASHION AND BIG HAIR



Forced apart by their Army Service, will separation during the Falklands War, the troubles in Northern Ireland and a posting to the British Army of the Rhine be the kiss of death for Mouse and Guy’s relationship?

Is their passion strong enough to survive a dangerous vendetta or the personal tragedy of a close friend?

Misguided acts carried out in the name of revenge and honour have life-threatening consequences in this gripping sequel of deceit, desire and duty.

Can love really conquer all?

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Joy M. Lilley’s first novel 'Figs, Vines and Roses' tells a moving tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.

In 1888 eight-year-old Issy Merryweather has a comfortable family life in Cobnut Hall, Derby. Sharing carefree summers with her brother Clarence, beloved dog Molly and cherished grandma Ella, Issy enjoys the freedom of childhood innocence. But as she comes of age a move to Kent changes her life forever.

When Issy meets Terence she is enraptured by him and despite his humble background an inseparable bond is formed in secret. But, it’s a secret which Issy will never escape after a heartbreaking turn in events…

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2nd Edition

For centuries, the Great Bell was silent...

It remained undisturbed, nearly forgotten by history, hidden away in the ruins of an abandoned fortress. The enchantments within its iron slumbered, its secrets protected by silence. Until someone discovered how to ring the Bell, other secrets would remain safe.

One day, while running an errand, a young store clerk took a wrong turn, then another, until he found himself deep within the old fortress where the Great Bell waited.

It waited for him.
And when the hapless clerk rang the Great Bell and released its enchantments, his troubles began.

For he had become The Bellringer.

He claimed it was all an accident, that he did not mean to ring the Bell. Fate, it seemed, thought otherwise, and proof of the Bellringer's destiny began to emerge just as the world spiraled into war. Revolt and treachery worked to break apart the Seven Realms. Armies were on the march. The faraway King, obsessed with his own power, seemed unwilling or unable to prevent the looming catastrophe.

Perhaps a new King was needed...if only someone could penetrate the secret of the King's power and take the throne before it was too late. It was foretold that the person who discovered the True Name of the King would become the next King. But who was capable of such a thing?

The Bellringer.

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The Year of the Red Door
244 Days Remain.
That is all.

The Year of the Red Door has begun, and four months have already passed by. This is the story of the last 244 days.

Uncanny things are taking place in the world, mysterious powers are stirring, and there are signs of coming change. Like pieces on a game-board, ancient forces are moving into position, gathering strength. Many sense the portents and see the signs, but few know their meaning. Fewer still understand what must be done. But who is there to do it?

In only 244 days, six intrepid travelers must cross thousands of miles, to the far edge of the world, to find a place that may not even exist. A legendary place called Griferis where a new king may be prepared, trained, and judged for worthiness. It is their bid to find that place, to discover the secret Name of the King, and to make one of their companions the new King. But hope is thin, and time runs out. Can the Name be found? Can the Usurper use it to take the throne? And will it make any difference? It already seems too late.

In the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens comes a new heroic tale, a story of ageless love and brave determination, of tragic loss and the hope of redemption. During this quest, mythic powers arise from the ancient past, fate collides with destiny, and the world edges swiftly to its final destruction or to its ultimate fulfillment. Only the Bellringer can tip the balance of fate, but the world is almost out of time...

Publisher's Note: This electronic version of the The Bellringer (2nd Edition) is the full, unabridged version, approximately 210,000 words long. Also included is a Reader's Reference Glossary with revised and new maps (glossary and some maps that are not included with the standard print version.)

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Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite - 5 stars!
“...In true Deb McEwan style, there is a lot of dark humor in the novel and you will enjoy this book just as much as the others. These characters have developed beautifully and, as always, the dialogues reveal so much about the new characters. Book Three in the series lives up to the bar set by the previous two wonderful novels. It was amazing.”

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite - 5 stars!
“…McEwan’s characters have depth and the conflicts they encounter are authentic and real. There are intriguing shades of gray in the world she’s created.
This is a seriously good book that covers important issues. Friends & Revenge gets the reader involved in the lives of these unlikely soldiers, making it a book you just won’t want to put down.
Unlikely Soldiers, Book 3: Friends & Revenge is most highly recommended.”

ARMY LIFE BACK IN THE DAY
Imprisoned for the attempted murder of Mouse, KC has to watch his back until a gangland leader takes him under his wing and employs him when he is eventually released.

Serving in West Germany and desperate to be reunited with her husband, Mouse has to deal with an eccentric general, a power-crazed RSM and a junior rank with criminal intentions.

In England Guy is blissfully unaware that his latest investigation will bring him closer to the man who tried to kill his wife, resulting in catastrophe and loss of life.

Elaine is devastated at the consequences when the chain of command discovers her illicit relationship with Jill and is forced to leave her job in Northern Ireland.

Will love and truth conquer all or will the evil actions of a twisted and callous mind triumph?

You’ll laugh and cry at Unlikely Soldiers (Friends and Revenge). A tragic and sometimes humorous tale of Army culture, love, hate, passion and revenge.

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A funny Christmas Story about Biddy, the crime-fighting witch of Ballyyahoo.
Two villains disguised as Santa and Rudolph show up on Christmas Eve and steal all the presents away!

It’s up to Kevin and Gerry to save Christmas and they need help - magic help! But is there really a witch in Ballyyahoo?

When you own a Ballyyahoo book you get to visit the world of Ballyyahoo - by clicking the links inside the eBook - all free!

The site is packed with free stories, photographs, background information about the characters, animals, nature, and of course, the magic of Ballyyahoo.

CHRISTMAS IN BALLYYAHOO
If there’s one thing happier than a happy Christmas, it’s a happy Irish Christmas, but the happiest Christmas of all, is the one in the magical town of Ballyyahoo!

Ballyyahoo is a tiny town, hidden away on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Everyone loves Christmas in Ballyyahoo and this one was going to be the best one ever, until two villains disguised as Santa and Rudolph showed up on Christmas Eve and stole all the presents away!

It’s up to two boys, Kevin and Gerry, to save Christmas. Usually these boys spend their time lazing around swinging on a gate and playing tricks on the people of Ballyyahoo but stealing Christmas is serious!

The two boys set off on their bikes, desperately seeking Santa. But, when they get lost in the woods near the terrible town of Ballyuseless, Kevin and Gerry begin to wish they’d stayed at home.

After a perilous journey through Banshee infested countryside they eventually catch up on Santa and Rudolph, but these two villains have no intention of wishing anyone a happy Christmas, especially not anyone from Ballyyahoo. The only thing they want to wrap up for Christmas is Kevin and Gerry!

The two boys find themselves locked in a box, on a boat, in the middle of the wild Irish Sea. There’s only one person that can help them and that’s the wonderful Witch of Ballyyahoo - but will she get there in time?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Grace Jolliffe was born and brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool. Her mother was a Liverpudlian and her father an Irish immigrant who took the cattle boat with his brothers to follow the emigration trail to Liverpool in the 1950’s.

The family became returning emigrants when they moved back to Wicklow in Ireland when Grace was a teenager.

She now lives with her husband in Galway where she is busy writing and gardening. She writes for adults as well as children and enjoys both equally.

Her first novel, Piggy Monk Square, (for adults) was originally published by Tindal Street Press and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s prize.

Grace’s writing has been widely published in both magazines and newspapers, and she has also written for television and film. Her short films have won several awards at
film festivals.

Her children’s stories were regularly broadcast on RTE One, Ireland’s National Radio Station. Grace loves nature. Gardening and hill walking are two of her favourite pastimes. She would love to see more children enjoying themselves outdoors and always tries to encourage this in her stories.

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Kids Christmas stories
Horror and ghost stories
Humour children’s fiction
Scary stories for kids
Ghost stories for kids
Free stories for children

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Anatola Debrowska has a family spinning into separate orbits and a life spiraling into soul-stealing monotony when the 25 year old son she gave up at birth suddenly materializes on her doorstep. The reunion does not go smoothly. When Pyotr returns abruptly to the East Coast, Anatola, determined not to lose her son a second time, follows. With sister Clarisse in tow, she finds him disheveled and drunken, and together they trundle him off to Aunt Alka’s house. There a treasure trove of Debrowska-Debski archives left by Frances, the family matriarch, is revealed. Eventually, Anatola is able to break through Pytor’s defenses, and the archaeological dig begins. The archives: letters, diaries, and Frances’s enigmatic poetry, lead Anatola on a journey that begins in Debowiec, Poland in January 1756 and follows the family as it is torn apart by loyalists and revolutionaries, riches and poverty, oppression and war and the partitions of a beloved homeland. The Women Debrowska interweaves the personal story of a family with the history of a nation driven by an endearing spirit of hope that refused to be conquered, a spirit unique to the Polish character, a spirit that soared during even her darkest most desperate hours.

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As Kristin Tabor stood atop Ouray’s Peak at the moment of her final quest she pondered.

Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And so it had been husband against wife.
Father against daughter.
Brother against sister.
Whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
And what if the red man is you?
And what if the white man is you?
And what if the red man and what if the white man both together, mixed together, flowed freely together in the same veins and those veins were you?

The history of the massacre of White River, Colorado of 1879 provides the backdrop for the story of the Tabor family in contemporary times. When family matriarch Christiana Tabor lies dying, she implores her daughter Christine to contact the Ute Shaman Sowowic to guide her passing. Christine Tabor does so, awakening her long buried heritage. The awakening ruptures the Tabor household: Mickey Tabor, Christine’s husband cannot nor will not understand the longing created in his wife. Tensions in the once happy household escalate with brother, Jamie, and sister, Kristin, caught between two immovable forces, until one day, without explanation or preamble, Christine Tabor is gone.

Mickey Tabor begins a long slow slide into alcoholism, secrets, and violence. What once was a close relationship between Kristin and Jamie grows strained and distant. Jamie, once Kristin’s hero, seems to align with his father. One day challenging her father’s strict admonitions and Jamie’s repeated warnings, Kristin breaks open the lock to her father’s room. There, she finds the w’ni thokunup—a Ute musical instrument given to her mother by her grandmother-- and her mother’s letters. Mickey finds Kristin, and attacks her brutally. When Jamie comes home from hockey practice, he stumbles ashen upon the scene, and rushes Kristin to the hospital. Unconscious, Kristin dreams of her mother and grandmother. Upon her return from the hospital, she leaves home for good.

Thus begins fourteen year old Kristin Tabor’s journey, a journey that will take her backward in search of her mother and her Ute heritage, and forward to find romance and love, and eventually, reunification and hope.

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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.

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The world of The Green forbids demons. They have always been sent away whilst still young children, over the river to an unknown fate...until Janeen.

Ignorant of her true nature, she unwittingly bewitches the folk of her forest village until, on the cusp of womanhood, the inevitable finally happens. As a young woman demon, she soon brings chaos to the ordered ways on the other side, and with it profound consequences not only for herself, but for her previously unchanging world.

She may not know what she really is, but the wonder that makes her a demon finally brings back something long lost to the preservation of a fragile Earth; something far vaster than anyone could ever have imagined.

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Based on a True Story - in 1960s Italy where honour, respect and the judgement of others are the cornerstones of life, Diana’s youth is lived in fear. When she marries Marco, Diana endures overriding hatred from her mother-in-law. A torrid affair, devastating revelations from her husband and her generous nature cause great suffering. To unravel her daughter’s mysterious death becomes Diana’s only reason for living, but the truth is double sided - and Diana’s attempt to end it all marks the start of a glimmer of light.

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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.
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Morgan is a lecy-eng, one of an elite group that has responsibility for maintaining the vital systems of Rundkern. When a circuit in Agri-Prod is suspected of being responsible for a valuable crop’s sickening state, Morgan gets to discover more about the lowly agri-engs than he ever imagined.

His tale becomes one of intrigue, love and an unexpected but frankly unbelievable discovery. But before Morgan knows it, he’s committed himself to agri-eng Stephanie and her own people’s long-held hopes about a place that seems to him little more than a pie-in-the-sky dream.

Can there really be a “Promised Land”, and if so, will it ultimately snatch Stephanie from him? For the Promised Land is somewhere to which no lecy-eng can ever journey. But then, nor can Morgan be left behind alive in Rundkern knowing of its existence.

A gripping SF story from a master storyteller, author of the SF/Fantasy novels “Solem” and the six volumes of the “Realm of Dica” series: all “Beautifully written books with deep, rich and unexpected tales told so engrossingly well”.

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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.

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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.

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The third book of the Stone Quest Series finds Luke Stone and Beth Rutledge's marriage teetering on the edge of dissolution as their daughter Bridget Grace at thirteen, the spitting image of her father, struggles to break free of parental restraint, especially her father's attempts to guide and constrain her "second sight," the same psychic abilities he has, but which in her are ,if anything, even more pronounced. Now, adding to the tumult, is the case of three missing girls, all vanished from the Lower East Side of New York City -- the area where Luke in his teens lived as the disciple of the black magician and now his nemesis Armand Jacobi. As Luke is drawn more deeply into the girls' case, his investigation takes him back to Alphabet City and the raging Vampire Club scene. Ominous signs develop pointing irrefutably to Jacobi's involvement. But as Luke immerses himself in the case, staying longer and longer away from home, the relationship between Beth and Bridget Grace simmers more and more toxic. Unknown to either of her parents, BG has developed a secret, powerful relationship with a mysterious young man whom she first met in an online chat room. One day, as Luke is on his way to NYC , and after yet another blow up with her mother -- BG, like the three other missing girls-- vanishes, leaving behind a cryptic note. As Luke's investigation into BG's disappearance gets underway with the help of retired NY detective Stan Banor, Luke's world is further shattered by the sudden appearance of a beautiful older woman, a woman's whose face he knows but whom he cannot quite place. The woman is Danuta Dabrowitz, his mother, and she brings with her many memories and painful secrets. Though her cause, so she tells him, is but one: to join her powers with his in order to find Bridget Grace and bring her home, Luke cannot fully trust the woman who had so betrayed him as a child by leaving him alone in the hands of his abusive alcoholic father. With each passing day, the investigation grows more gruesome, and more deadly--even turning up the skeletal remains of a victim murdered twenty-five years ago, Matthew, whose murder has haunted Luke all his life. Working closely with Stan and his men, and with retired Sheriff Esther Rinaldi, Luke grows certain the girls' case is no longer a missing persons but a homicide. Then Danuta tells him of their heritage to an ancient people, the Neuri, who possess enormous powers, including the power of shape-shifting-- a power that Armand Jacobi himself may share. Once again, Luke Stone finds himself pitted against Armand Jacobi.. Surrounded with warriors he is not sure he can trust-- the most pre-eminent of whom is Luke himself.-- Luke must race against the greatest enemy of all -- time-- in this battle against his adversary to save his daughter's life.

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Hair like a waterfall at sunset, skin of pure snow, and a tinkling laugh that sends a shiver up Edmond’s spine. He knows it’s just because of Melinda’s high Charisma, but he doesn’t care. Edmond is in love.

When Melinda is taken by the dragon that lives beneath their town, he knows he has to save her. In books, it’s always the lowly shop boy who succeeds where others have failed. He doesn’t have the Strength of a warrior, the Dexterity of a rogue, or the Wisdom of a magician. He just has his Luck.

Luck and a best friend with muscles like boulder-covered rocks.

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Camryn Painter's powers come at a steep price. It's one thing to master her chameleon abilities in the ancient forest world she now calls home, but another to use her abilities wisely. With the life or death of an entire civilization in her hands, Camryn must bond with a thunder dragon and join a battle she has little chance of winning... unless she can face down her own inner demons without destroying those she loves.

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The Coach and the Professor
Carolyn Trent's logically mapped journey to becoming the perfect professor of English was hijacked the day she became academic adviser to the Ashton University men's basketball team. The hijacker was C.J. Draper, the team's infuriating, irreverent and sexy new coach.

C.J. has never let adversity stop him - if he had he'd never have gotten this far. He's not about to start by letting Professor Trent derail him. If he chose to rattle her ivory tower it was just for the fun of seeing the fiery woman beneath the marble-cool exterior . . . wasn't it?

When logic clashes with ambition in the game of love, who will win?

Prequel to The Surprise Princess, Book 6 of The Wedding Series

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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.

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Falling in love with RedHorse is easy. Keeping the ghost away from him? Not so much.

Sara's intended is rejected by the Old One, but their love blooms even as the nefarious spirit works to tear them apart. Sara has a mind of her own, and she'll do anything to keep the ghosts at bay.

The veil between the living and dead is thinning. War looms on the horizon in the spirit realm as two leaders compete for control. Ghosts warn of the consequences of not having a Spirit Key, one who embraces the dead and has the power to keep the peace between the two realms.

Failure to find the key will bring the dead into this world and it just might mean the death of her love.

But a shiver in Grandfather's spine doesn't bode well. The Old One has something else in mind. Something he won't like.

Magical realism with a sweet tale of romance and family trials. A Native Woman's journey to find her purpose, and love, while avoiding the spirits who taint her world.

A new world full of old spirits, love, suspense, and culture.

A Native American Woman's journey as she discovers the will of her ancestors with supernatural influences. A world of spirits, a growing love, and nefarious forces collide in this paranormal Native American fiction.

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"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.

delve (v.)
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:

Delve.

Dig.

Excavate.

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A man wakes to find himself in a train carriage, unable to speak or interact with his fellow passengers. He has no recollection of his past, no memory to speak of, but can somehow still engage with other passengers - the thoughts of whom he believes he can hear.
There comes a realisation, both personal and spiritual, surrounding the man’s personality that points to broader significance in terms of human identity and the nature of self.

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This novel contains two stories intertwined:

As a freshman, Abby is the star quarterback of her small town's high school football team. When she finds out her family is moving to the big city and leaving behind everything she knows, Abby's latent anxiety becomes a problem that she can no longer ignore. To be successful both on and off the field, she must face stigma and her own fears before her nervous symptoms become crippling.

Twenty years later, Abby has become a successful professor of psychology. Although her nervous symptoms are well under control, when she is thrown into the limelight, Abby experiences a new wave of anxiety. With the insight she has gained over the years, she works through her symptoms, reflects back on her path since high school, and finds that she still has a lot to learn.

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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.

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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.

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A very true and accurate story with some names changed to protect the guilty. Dennis Wayne Smith was born into a mining community in Alabama. His mother, with whom he suffers a strained relationship, has a nervous condition that his grandmother calls ‘running fits.’ His adventures here with classmates and friends are recalled as well as the racism he sees in both the North as well as the South. The family encounters hard times that cause his father to find work in Ohio when the Korean War starts and then the family later moves to Indiana. Dennis goes through his teenage years and first sexual experience. He joins the Navy, and has adventures in California and the Far East. After spending time in the Philippines his ship is ordered to the South Pacific to participate in nuclear weapons testing. This is a harrowing experience for Dennis and his shipmates with the Cuban missile crisis corresponding with the tests. His best friend dies during the tests. After four years in the Navy he returns to Indiana where things are still in turmoil.There are also adult situations in this book. They're not all through the book but if it happened or was said,it's in there.

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Second Edition

Like a dark jewel, there are many facets to a curse,
as The Bellringer now learns...

The conspiracy has formed. Robby will make his bid to become King. First he must go to the mythical place called Griferis, on the far side of the world. But no sooner than their journey begins, Robby and his band of friends face delay and obstacle. Along the way, they make new acquaintances, people both inscrutable and mysterious.

Lord Tallin, brooding and powerful, haunted and paralyzed by a perfect memory. But he is the only person who can buy Robby the time he needs, if only he can shake himself to action.

Lyrium, an Elifaen Firstborn, mysterious and secretive, come to test Robby, and to advise him. But when she meets Robby's companions, one in particular, she is filled with wonder, and with foreboding.

Esildre, beautiful and enigmatic, fighting against the curse that Secundur put upon her. One of Robby's companions will soon fall prey to her enchantment.

When Robby and his companions are captured by pixies, he bargains for their freedom, and risks unleashing the little folk upon an unsuspecting world.

Meanwhile, he is trailed by mercenaries, tracked by black eagles, and followed by an elusive Dreamwalker who holds the key to Robby's greatest power.

And darker forces now stir, forces that only Robby can thwart.

But only if he can reach Griferis in time.

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About The Year of the Red Door

244 Days Remain.

That is all.

The Year of the Red Door has begun, and four months have already passed by. This is the story of the last 244 days.

Uncanny things are taking place in the world, mysterious powers are stirring, and there are signs of coming change. Like pieces on a game-board, ancient forces are moving into position, gathering strength. Many sense the portents and see the signs, but few know their meaning. Fewer still understand what must be done. But who is there to do it?

In only 244 days, six intrepid travelers must cross thousands of miles, to the far edge of the world, to find a place that may not even exist. A legendary place called Griferis where a new king may be prepared, trained, and judged for worthiness. It is their bid to find that place, to discover the secret Name of the King, and to make one of their companions the new King. But hope is thin, and time runs out. Can the Name be found? Can the Usurper use it to take the throne? And will it make any difference? It already seems too late.


In the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens comes a new heroic tale, a story of ageless love and brave determination, of tragic loss and the hope of redemption. During this quest, mythic powers arise from the ancient past, fate collides with destiny, and the world edges swiftly to its final destruction or to its ultimate fulfillment. Only the Bellringer can tip the balance of fate, but the world is almost out of time...


Publisher's Note: In addition to the full text of The Nature of a Curse (2nd Edition), this electronic version also includes a Reader's Reference Glossary with new and revised maps not included within the print version

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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.

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'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight.Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of English village life.The fifth to the eighth tales in The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. At May-time a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry amid mourning and bereavement. The June wedding seasons sees a quartet of couples making difficult romantic decisions. There is skull-doggery and dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete. Real violence erupts with an influx of transient newcomers as the harvesting begins. The next four inter-linked stories are about life in the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romance blooms and marriages founder.Check out the reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and Riffle.Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. What a superb first publication, I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (independent book reviewer)'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.' Stuart Wakefield Kindle best selling author'A tour de force..... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review'The inter-woven layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. I was thoroughly involved...' Amazon reviewScroll up and download your copy today.

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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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'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight. Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of village life.The first four tales in The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome, where they find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy becomes entranced by nature, he is growing up as he chases a hare. A marriage enters its death throes, with a terrifying drive. These four, inter-linked stories begin a year in the life of the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate their own family saga and the hazards of daily life.
Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. What a superb publication, I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover ( independent book reviewer )
'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.' Stuart Wakefield, Kindle best selling author
'This is a tour de force....The annual cycle of village life beneath a civilised veneer and against the backdrop of the natural world makes for an interesting but also an easy read... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review
'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review
'The inter-woven layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. I was thoroughly involved...' Amazon review
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Cedar Hills is a small ski town. Aspen Caraway was a normal seventeen-year-old girl.

At a big, end of summer party, Aspen runs into Olivia Peterson outside, a classmate whom she’s shared a contentious relationship with in the past. A drunken argument turns physical and Aspen pushes the other girl down a hill. Intoxicated, Aspen assumes the other girl is fine and leaves.

Two days later, Olivia is found dead in the woods behind her house.
Did Aspen kill her?

Frightened of her potential guilt, Aspen seeks to confirm her innocence by finding the real killer. She enlists the help of Olivia’s best friend, Jessica, and Olivia’s boyfriend, Connor; the boy she’s been in love with for years.
Their search leads them through a web of crime scenes, illicit relationships, unclear motivations, and one bizarre childhood secret. But just as the final answer seems to reveal itself, Aspen’s grasp on reality slips.

The story culminates with a deadly confrontation, begging the question: If you can’t trust yourself, how do you find the truth?

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Dreamwalking is real.
And Robby has proof…

As he and his companions continue westward, Robby's secret dreamwalking lessons begin. Soon his skills will exceed those of his teacher. His companions do not know that Robby is testing his limits. They watch with dismay as he grows weaker day by day. But they, too, are being tested.

Ullin leads them onward, but a dark apparition dogs him, bent on driving him into madness. Sheila seems to be the target of Ullin's growing despair, but she finds herself attracted to him. Billy and Ibin look on as the friendship that binds them all together is strained to the breaking point.

Yet they must carry on toward Griferis. The grassy plain holds its own dangers, and they must cross paths with raging stampedes, Dragonkind, a monster made of vines and human flesh, and two great armies preparing for battle. As well, the Unknown King has learned about the conspiracy against him, and he has issued a summons for Robby and his company. Now, those who would otherwise be Robby's allies are now sworn to apprehend him.

Their only hope is to flee into an enchanted forest, one filled with sadness, resentment, and anger. It is a place from which few ever emerge. Yet, strangely, the forest may offer unexpected refuge and healing.

Peril after peril await. And greatest among these is a fanatical soldier who serves the Unknown King. It is not his aim to arrest Robby, as the King has ordered, but to assassinate him and all others in his company.
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The spirits foretold of RedHorse's fall in battle, but he survived. So many other died because of his bull-headedness and survival guilt eats at him. The dead taunt him. Heeling his wounds is easier than mending his heart.
Back from Afghanistan, RedHorse has a new normal, one without an arm. He must learn to do the simplest of tasks again.
The love of his life has waited, but RedHorse is plagued by the dead. Pushing away Painted Girl is his only option.

The spirits are wandering, the void between the living and dead is ripping. The ancients want this realm, and the ghosts will do anything to get it.

*** There is some references to pain pill addiction.

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When 12-year-old Rebecca Riverton finds herself alone in the world, she decides to take her horse Flock and ride east in the hope of finding other survivors like her.
She finds a new home and new friends at Hever Castle, where she forges a new future for herself as she gains the respect of both humans and aliens.

In her diary, Rebecca describes her emotions and adventures as she adapts and flourishes in a new world where prejudices and stereotypes of the past have disappeared.

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'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight.Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of English village life.The ninth to the twelfth tales from The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. The harvest and new life are celebrated, as a long expected departure takes place. The villagers try to do 'the right thing' and almost come to grief. In November, in the rain, a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. The the village has to come together at the end of the year to overcome a major threat.These four inter-linked stories portray life in the village, with its wide cast of characters. Four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romances bloom and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.Check out the reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and Riffle.Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (Goodreads book reviewer)'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.'A tour de force..... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review'Totally absorbing, this book will delight anyone who is interested in people and their emotions, motivations and relationships.' Annette Souter (Amazon.co.uk review) Scroll up and download your copy today

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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
Port Elizabeth.

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.

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Collects Parts 34 – 67 of the weekly serial, Seven Stones. The quest to purify the Stones brings Kobb and Anessa back to Morth, her home village; a home she fled after villagers attempted to execute Kobb. If fighting possessed strangers made her ill, how will she oppose her own people? And, even if she can, how will she leave her father a second time?

The demands of the quest have already forced both Kobb and Haelen to compromise. Now Anessa must decide how much of her innocence she is prepared to sacrifice to end evil.

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Collects Parts 68 – 97 of the weekly swords-and-sorcery serial, Seven Stones.

Five of the seven stones within the circle have been purified. However, the path to unravel the next stone brings Reverend Kobb and his companions face-to-face with both an old enemy and the conspiracy that stole Haelen’s daughter.

As old secrets and new possibilities are revealed, each of the heroes must face the realisation that there are no black-and-white situations; and that the question might not be how can they purify the Stones, but should they.

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Nomen est omen, and everyone has a place in this society. Cain is somebody and still a nobody. How is your value measured and what do you value? Cain f’s it up, then he gets back in the saddle. He loves and he hates. Sometimes he masturbates, when he’s not too busy reading his Bible. He loves Led Zeppelin and adores Jimmy Page. He’s searching for his wings.

CAIN is a book for everyone. It’s for those who are searching for themselves and also for those who have a clear understanding of their place in this world, but have the perverse need to peep into someone’s soul and violate their privacy.

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An Anthology of tantalising short stories selected from the Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition, 2017. Featuring: A Tale of a Mouse: Andy Hamilton, The Last Love of the Sea Captain: Tamara Artvin, A Gap Year for Grandma: Mary Charnley, Trevor Colbourne: Wild Geese, Sandra Kirley: Everything Must Go, Tiffany Williams: Mirella, Emma J Myatt: Your Lifejacket is Under Your Seat, Julia Brilleman: Rubber Dominoes, Pauline Whittle: Doomed, MartinHone: The Soul as a Shadow and a Reflection, E C Hayles: The Model, NickAdigu Burke: Many a Silent Wish, Grant Hulbert: Creatures of Myth - The Story of Jared McKay, Paula St. Paul: Hand Across The Water, Sally Wood: Evelyn, Mike Waugh: Prey, Andrea Rose Lyttle: The Ambit, Tim Cove: Homo Erectus, Shayna Marks: It's Not What It Seems, Liam Lennon: Memoirs About a Girl, Fizza Fatima: Fablo's Bar, Hilary Slade: The Life and Times of Lewis Ancer, Aviv Salinas: Counter Revolution, Shelley Crowley: The One Who Wasn't, Tom Nicolson: A Grand Opportunity, David Readings: A Spitfire Called Lola, Lee Wadmore: Happy Crying, Ken Hawes: Look Further than the Cover, Tim Ewins: A Little, Lost, E.L. Spink: Escobar's Last Breakfast, Ron Morton: The Sinkers' Skirmish

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Coaches, and a Matchmaking King
In The Surprise Princess, Book 6 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s acclaimed The Wedding Series, King Jozef of Bariavak continues his search for his long-missing granddaughter, and State Department security official Hunter Pierce is on the case again. This time the clues lead to Ashton, Wisconsin, and the athletic offices of Ashton University. There, young Katie Davis works as an administrative assistant and Brad Spencer as a basketball coach, and both soon will be caught up in international intrigue and some royal matchmaking. You are introduced to Brad and the Ashton campus in Hoops, the prequel to The Surprise Princess. Flash back a few years and Brad is a star on the basketball team, coached by C.J. Draper and tutored by Carolyn Trent. The latter two return in The Surprise Princess as mentors to Katie, and, okay, they might take part in a little matchmaking themselves.
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Book 6, The Surprise Princess
A Princess? No Way
Katie is a perfectly ordinary young woman living a perfectly ordinary life in small-town Wisconsin … isn’t she?
The most interesting thing about her is that she works for the men’s basketball office at Ashton. If she considers the biggest perk of the job being around Brad, the assistant basketball coach, that also makes her ordinary, because what woman wouldn’t feel that way? So these people coming around saying she could be the long-lost granddaughter of the King of Bariavak have to be wrong … don’t they?
Brad has a real soft spot for Katie. She stirs his protectiveness, his penchant for the underdog, and, possibly, certain other reactions he’s not about to indulge. So he’s going to do his damnedest to make sure Katie gets all that she deserves, including the crown that might be her right … even though it means Her Royal Highness will never again look at a basketball coach from Wisconsin like he’s the king of her heart.
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Hoops (an RITA Finalist)
Before Brad volunteers to be Katie's protector, he played on a college basketball team that had a very special season.

The Coach and the Professor
Carolyn Trent's logically mapped journey to becoming the perfect professor of English was hijacked the day she became academic adviser to the Ashton University men's basketball team. The hijacker was C.J. Draper, the team's infuriating, irreverent and sexy new coach.
C.J. has never let adversity stop him - if he had he'd never have gotten this far. He's not about to start by letting Professor Trent derail him. If he chose to rattle her ivory tower it was just for the fun of seeing the fiery woman beneath the marble-cool exterior . . . wasn't it?
When logic clashes with ambition in the game of love, will anyone win?
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The Surprise Princess and its prequel, Hoops, are moving, passionate small-town romances that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.

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[The Surprise Princess] “Love this series! It takes you from home to all over the world! … It’s great the way these books intertwine with characters from other books in this series but still give you a story that can be a stand-alone.” -- 5-star review

"Fast-paced and funny but soulful and deep. The romance has your heart racing .... Just right. That's what I thought of Hoops " -- 5-star review

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Christmas Courage – A Sweetwater Canyon Novelette

A week before Christmas, Kat’s father turns up on their doorstep and wants to be a part of her life.

As far as Theresa is concerned, when Doug walked out fifteen years ago, leaving her with a two-year-old child and a mountain of debt, he forfeited all claims to Kat’s life. He does not get to waltz in like Santa Claus and re-claim her.

Kat needs more than courage to navigate this Christmas season. She needs a miracle.

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Collects every part of the swords-and-sorcery serial, Seven Stones.

Plagued by nightmares of shifting stone and ancient evil, Absolution Kobb, Reverend Militant of the Order of the Maker, journeys to the northern edge of civilisation. Encountering violence from both villagers and the inhuman tribes that dwell beyond the palisades, and exhausted from both his age and his visions, he is saved by two very different people: Anessa, a young villager seeking to escape a life of shopkeeping; and Haelen, an ageing healer seeking his kidnapped daughter.

At first, their aims align. However, with every step toward sealing the evil away taking them further from the simplicity of heroes opposing the darkness, they must each decide not only how far they will go but when an ally becomes a villain.

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The idyllic relationship between Dorian and Iva is darkened by the news of Iva's terminal illness.
A few months later Dorian's whole family goes missing and it brings the locals to whisper: ‘How could anybody be so unlucky?’
But it’s not long before the police realise that sometimes the word 'unlucky' means 'guilty'.

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Collects parts 10 - 33 of the weekly swords-and-sorcery serial, Seven Stones. With the means to quiet his nightmares and a better idea of their source, Reverend Kobb and his companions travel further north in search of the root of the evil.

Anessa’s defeat of the monster that threatened Alcston is a solid victory, and obtaining the obscure ingredient that Haelen needs to grant Kobb sleep is more than reward enough. But the village also holds a map that shows the location of stone circle that plagues Kobb’s dreams.

Invigorated by their mutual success, the journey seems almost pleasant. But when they arrive, lethal magics bar their path. Pressing on offers only death, so Kobb must make a deal to lower the barrier; a deal that will see him face the Eaters again, and this time he must take one alive.

With each choice challenging the friendship between Kobb, Anessa, and Haelen, which of them will sacrifice their principles for the slim chance of success?

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