Eli tried to leave the supernatural life behind. Problem is, it won't let her go. Eliza "Eli" Moore may have been born a seer, but she didn't want to live like one. That was why she became a private detective, and opened Nine Lives Investigations. Being able to talk to the dead gives her an undeniable edge in solving cases, and she figured it was all for the greater good. Then Eli is forced to exorcise a demon, the local witch elder ends up dead, and Eli fears she's in over her head. Throughout it all, Eli has one dedicated ally: Dan, mortal police detective who isn't scared of things that go bump in the night, and who hints he wants to be more than friends. But mortals and seers don't mix…do they? Before Eli can sort out how she feels about Dan, an enemy from her past resurfaces and threatens everything she holds dear. Eli is forced to take on the title inherited from her grandmother, and become the Mistress of Seers—but just because leading the seer community is her birthright doesn't mean anyone will follow her. Poison Garden is perfect for fans of witches, magical creatures, and slow-burn paranormal romance. Pick up Book 1, Oleander, today!
(5 stars) "Great books, kept my interest from page one. But now I have to wait for the next one (sad face). I love this series." -- Judith J, Amazon reader. The adventure continues in WIZARD SEARCH, The Magic of Larlion, Book 4. The war ends in victory for the young wizard Beneban and his friends, but dark magic lingers on. Under an evil compulsion, his mind befogged, Beneban disappears. Wandering with his magic sword, his giant feline companion, and a faithful tiny Worf servant, he is lost. New beginnings spring out of the peace in Larlion. The Forest Lady returns to her beloved Forest to heal her lonely heart and raise her fast-growing family. The Vardraken queen and her wizard consort settle at the Great Shrine and realize that ice dragons may be easier to raise than magical children. The Grand Lar, healing from Ztavin’s malevolent spell, finds joy in his friendship with a lovely and spirited tavern keeper. A new adventure begins as he sends an army to help his Ogdol friends retake their neighboring kingdom. With Beneban seeming lost to all hope, will Laraynia find comfort in the arms of the Mergol King? Can Forest magic and the Grand Lar’s power bring the young wizard back from the brink of death in time to foil the rise of their old enemy and save Og-dan from darkness? "Best wizardry I've come across since Harry Potter," said Meara Platt, bestselling author of The Dark Gardens series, about book 1, Wizard Stone. Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery.
The King is dead! Long live the King! Two princes and a beautiful and deadly Ranger find their lives intertwined in this action-packed epic fantasy. The kingdom of Pormanian has lost its king. Gideon's father has been killed in the war. His oldest brother is responsible for the fate of the kingdom—a realm facing an invasion from the Salric Empire. Gideon tries his best to prove useful as his brother takes the throne, but when the new king discovers a way to use magical humans as weapons, Gideon will have to decide for himself what is right for the kingdom. Could it be Gideon possesses magical powers? Ethan is the crown prince of the Salric Empire, the mortal enemy of Pormanian. He’s grown up with a war he promised to end. He’ll capture the Pormanian throne or die trying. Now is the time for an invasion, but first, he needs to spy within the Pormanian borders. When he’s caught in the middle of something much bigger than he expected, will he be able to escape? Or will he be doomed to die in an enemy kingdom? Avalon is a Ranger who swore to protect the king. In the wake of her greatest failure, Avalon must leave all she'd ever known to defend her honor and change the fate of her family. But when she meets a mysterious man on her journey, it might be her fate is changed. Three destinies, three stories, one epic adventure. Join Prince Gideon, Prince Ethan, and Ranger Avalon as they fight to protect what they love and alter their fates.
"From its gut-grabbing prologue to its explosive conclusion… 'A blood-curdling adventure'." - Foreword Clarion Review
On the run from her old flame’s criminal family, Sara Jones hides in Billings, Montana, and finds a new boyfriend. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust? Then to make matters worse Sara’s twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.
Sabine has spent the last decade hiding from the fae and the Wild Hunt. But when a charismatic stranger recruits her to retrieve an invaluable artifact, she’ll have to finally reveal her identity… and her dark secrets.
The magnetic poles have shifted. Powers ignite in their veins. But are their emerging Unhidden talents strong enough to defend them from annihilation? Anna Taylor is barely holding her anxiety at bay. With scales growing on her body and shocking magic now at her command, the teacher flees after being outed by a student and attacked by an angry mob. And after arriving at a safehouse on a farm in Ireland for training and protection, she feels unprepared for her first mission to neutralize an explosive threat. Vietnam vet Maximilian Hurley subdues his demons with drink. So when an Unhidden agent comes to Australia to recruit him, and a fire mysteriously destroys his plane, the troubled pilot doesn’t have much to lose. Teaming up with Anna, the tough-talking Aussie battles through his PTSD as they save Cork from a devastating bombing. As the group of talents grows to a core crew of six, Anna and Max discover there’s little peace as a coalition of xenophobic extremists rises against those with Unhidden Blood. And now their combined powers might be the only thing standing in the way of their total extermination… Can Anna, Max, and the squad stem a tsunami of chaos and death? Taming of the Few is the first book in the Guardians of PHAE Irish urban fantasy series. If you like snarky banter, spectacular world-building, and nail-biting tension, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’ urban fantasy adventure. Buy Taming of the Few to defend a powerful destiny today!
As the sun hits the glossy surface of the crystal ball, the tree inside glows. After traveling through one world after the other, time is running out. The choice must be made; the crystal ball shattered to set free its valuable contents before it’s too late. How It All Began is a short story of a thousand words and invites you into The Magical Universe showing you the beginning by telling the story of The Tree of Life.
Starting school at Hawthorne University was not going well, until I met my classmate Alondra. Allie was different. She was goth. But she was also mysterious, confident and fun. I was into that. My name’s Liam. My friends call me Lee. Things got weird after I accompanied her to her haunts. Poltergeists and demons attacked little girls. I watched Alondra help exorcise these ghosts, but some of their evil stuck to me. Well, being attracted to a witch was one thing; dating one was quite another. It seemed the closer I got to Allie, the more her witchcraft endangered my friends. And my soul. You decide. I chronicled everything here in her book. Alondra is a prequel to the internationally bestselling Hawthorne University Witch series. The novel takes place twenty years before Broomstick.
Far from earth on a beautiful planet with several moons, this collection of nine short stories takes you to The Magical Universe. Hear the bell from the sunken tower and meet the dreams not yet lost and forgotten, look in the mirror and see how the future might play out, and wonder if you would prefer not to know what happened with the old lady. The Magical Universe Collection One is the first nine short stories from The Magical Universe. All stories from The Magical Universe are self-contained and can be read independently. Each story is of a thousand words. The book How It All Began told through the story The Tree of Life, is part of Collection One.
"The Leprechaun Wars by author Wes Snowden is a mystical leap into the mind of a master storyteller. Fluidly moving between the world of magic and the world of men, this is a classic Emerald Isle adventure tale of one young man’s journey through revenge and romance, with sinister enemies around every cruel corner, and more than enough temptations to stray from his path. Written in a timeless voice that is both formal and flexible, there is a good balance of youthful whimsy and fantasy action. The depth of world-building and the energetic pace of the story make The Leprechaun Wars a treat for any fantasy fan." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★
There is a price attached to every dream... After twins Genshu Masanori and Genshu Hidekazu witness a kidnapping at the annual Midsummer Festival, they discover the woman taken wasn’t this sorcerer’s first victim, nor will she be the last. They will break clan laws against warfare if that’s what it takes to bring the missing women home safe. They will sign their lives away to the prestigious Tsukiko Academy, regardless of the rumours about the Headmaster and the dark secrets harboured within the school grounds. They will give up the lives they know for a chance to uncover the real reason their family gave up their legacy as wyvern-slayers and swore a vow of peace. A pact with a mysterious dragon spirit, embracing their future as warriors, and servitude to the Tsukiko Academy is only the beginning. The twins have one chance to unravel the sorcerer’s sinister plan. If they can’t find him in time, the game he whispers about might be the last anyone ever plays. Jump into the world of Yumihari, a land filled with spirits, dragons, monsters, and stunning characters wielding elemental magic to save their homeland. If you love epic fight scenes, mystery and political intrigue, mythology, monsters, mayhem, and progression fantasy, you will love Spirit of the Dragon and the Yokai Calling series. Pick up your copy of the book and experience the first part of the adventure today!
"Kilty As Charged has everything you could want: a very strong lead woman (Catriona); fast-paced storyline; lots of action; some huge Scotsmen; great dialogue and plenty of humor; a great cast of supporting characters; and even some time travel! A hilarious story told in a very interesting way. Throw in some mystery and intrigue and you've got yourself a great read....Amy Vansant has written a highly imaginative, mystery/love/humor-filled novel that leaves you wanting to read the next in the series ASAP!!!" ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ MMG
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There are those who are born into loving families and then there are the less fortunate who must forge their own families through strong friendships. At a local small library in New York City, one such family was born. And just like so many capricious happenstances in life, this family unit embraced newcomers and grew exponentially. But this clan was also charged with far more than spreading love and joy and a sense of belonging. This clan was formed by divine Providence to help save the planet. Gabrielle Bernstein, the MC of Like a Lily Among the Thorns, is a woman in her twenties and has started her career as a librarian at a NYC public library. Abandoned by her father as a young girl and now orphaned by her deranged mother, Gabby longs for a family connection. Coincidentally, she finds this connection at the same time she inherits a B&B in Vermont from her estranged and now deceased father. This enchanted inn is under the watchful eye of goddesses of myth and legend who have been tasked to save mankind from destroying itself and this planet. These goddesses will use their powers to try and stall the onslaught of the effects of droughts, floods, and rising temperatures. But as a safety net they have collected human saviors all over the planet to erect safe havens at high altitudes away from flood waters and blistering temperatures. This one group of saviors are ordinary people who have some extraordinary abilities and enjoy a higher consciousness. They are brought toget ...
Resistance soldier Bernard Marchand would do anything to bring his family back from the dead, but in his desperation to change their fates, he alters history and nearly destroys the world. Faced with the consequences, he's horrified at what he's done. It was never supposed to be this way. As a Huldra, Alva should have stolen her partner's life energy, drained him to the brink of death. Instead, she went against her natural instincts and helped him win the war against a dreaded enemy. However, when he inadvertently starts the countdown to Ragnarok, Alva will have to ignore the ache in her soul as she fights to save them once again. And that's just the beginning… An unknown enemy lurks just out of reach and interferes in their every effort to restore Earth's historical timeline. But why? What is he after? Will they be able to focus long enough to save the Nine Realms, or are they doomed to the horrific reality they unwittingly unleashed?
She wants justice. He wants to make things official. But for a demi-god and vampire there are bigger battles. Demi-god Carissa Alkippes has fought her equal share of demons and Olympian gods, when one battle ends another begins. Only this one may destroy the thin veil between supernatural creatures, gods and humans. To make things worse Zeus offers her a ‘get in and out of Olympus’ card, which paints a dangerous target on her back. Now she must get a handle on her power. With new enemies hunting her down, Carissa must use everything she knows to protect those she loves from being collateral damage. Xen Lyson, has seen much in his immortal life and walking Carissa down the aisle is at the top of his vampire list, but when an ancient libation bowl turns up, so does Discord and Death. Now they have fight not only to protect humanity, but themselves too. Will they defeat their enemies in time to tie-the-knot?
A kingdom in danger. An ancient weapon. And a cryptic secret that could change everything. The closing lines of a farewell poem, written centuries ago by the last great king of the old world, might prove to be more than it seems: The world and all its light shall fade; I'll stay with her beneath the shade And wait until the world's remade... Something is creeping at the fringes of the world. Is it just the talk of frightened villagers? Or is it something more? Enter the entirely new fantasy world of The Banished Lands! Now, for the first time, the complete series is on sale in one collected volume. The Banished Lands combines the best of epic fantasy, fairy tale, mythology, poetry, romance and mystery. If you love a good old-fashioned story, The Banished Lands will deliver on your expectations.
The thrilling adventure continues in Book Three! Shadyia and Deresi are trapped in a deserted city. Separated by powerful forces, they become pawns in the eternal struggle between life and death. While clashing entities tempt one with immortality to champion their crusade, a being once worshiped as a god demands the other stand as advocate for his cause. With far more than their lives at stake, Shadyia and Deresi may have no choice but to submit, but the ancient divinities of the world be warned; the pawn that survives can become a queen—or even a magician.
Rules were made to be broken. From terraformed outposts to magical realms, journey to worlds where deadly plants, rampant biodiversity, or failed colonies have created irresistible opportunities for those brave enough to seize them. New worlds, found family, mystical secrets, and deadly science weave together in this lesbian-centric anthology focusing on a very different kind of first time—a first encounter with a world, or being, entirely unlike our own. If you like diverse stories with lesbian heroines practicing science, magic, and seduction, buy Distant Gardens today!
First in the new Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, bestselling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst, and the Chronicles Of The Necromancer books! Friends since their orphanage childhood, Joel “Ridge” Breckinridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity. Henri, their long-suffering squire, tends to the thankless jobs of provisioning and logistics, while Ridge and Rett fight and recover. When wandering mystic Yefim Makary becomes the darling of disenchanted aristocrats, Rett and Ridge fear Makary—or the Witch Lord, as his followers call him—is a threat to the crown. As treasonous whispers spread, Ridge and Rett go rogue to stop the threat, save the kingdom and protect the king—while landing on the “Most Wanted” list themselves!
An unlikely duo. A wicked witch. Whatever it takes to find their way home. Once upon a time… Rhona is certain her stepmother wants to kill her and her sisters, and she’ll stop at nothing to do it. Leaving them in the woods alone, drugging their food and drink…is nothing safe? Bitter at his brother’s betrothal, Grieve is banished to Rum Island as a squire to Rhona’s father. Grieve thought he had enough trouble with Rhona’s stepmother and the threat of war with Alba, until a witch takes Grieve and Rhona prisoner. Can Rhona and Grieve survive long enough to find their happily ever after?
The announcement of Queen Nimue’s pregnancy brings much joy to the citizens of Camelot, but evil never rests. The old gods of Britain are planning their vengeance upon the High King in their lair in Bala. Meanwhile, Crom Cruach, the wolf-god sates his hunger on the people of Hibernia. Word reaches Camelot of the plight of the people across the sea. Justice and decency require King Emrys to act. His brother, Uther volunteers to travel to Hibernia in his stead, taking Taliesin the bard and the mighty blade Caledbur with him to slay Crom. During Uther’s sojourn, the Saxon barbarians gain strength, mustering their numbers. The Saxons’ challenge will not go unanswered. King Emrys with his troops ride forth to halt the advance of the Saxons, but there is greater evil afoot. Will Uther succeed in his mission? What will become of King Emrys? And what of Camelot?
Stabbed. Burned by a dragon. Abandoned for the windrocs to pick over. The traitor Ra’aba tried to silence Hualiama forever. But he reckoned without the strength of a dragonet’s paw, and the courage of a girl who refused to die. Only an extraordinary friendship will save Hualiama’s beloved kingdom of Fra’anior and restore the King to the Onyx Throne. Flicker, the valiant dragonet. Hualiama, a foundling, adopted into the royal family. The power of a friendship which paid the ultimate price. This is the tale of Hualiama Dragonfriend, and a love which became legend.
Thian came from the wrong side of the tracks, the wrong side of the law... the wrong side of pretty much everything. When a freak incident reveals his shifter nature, he was taken in by the Dark Leopards. Now, he must race the clock to gather intel to protect his family, their city, and the woman he intends to claim as his own.
A bonafide daddy's girl, Adele never thought she'd have to go on the run due to her father being the worst sort of dirty politician. Stuck with the bodyguard he hired, she doesn't know where to turn or who to trust. What she does know? Thian is dangerous to both her mind and her heart. She just doesn't know which will fall first.
It's been 15 years since the bombs fell. Those who survive scrape by in constant fear of famine, murderous marauders, and worse: the raknoth. No one knows what they are or where they came from. Only that they destroyed the world. And now they rule what's left. Jarek Slater never lost sleep over the fact. He had his ship. He had his exosuit. He went where he pleased, dealt justice where he saw fit. Life was good. Simple. But then someone had to go and steal his exosuit. And you just don't steal another man's exosuit. When Jarek's only lead turns out to be locked up in a raknoth stronghold, though, things get interesting. When that lead's big sis shows up waving around a silver staff, smacking around grown men with telekinesis, and stopping bullets in mid-air, things get, well, more interesting. And when the two of them get drawn into a race across the post-apocalyptic country to save her brother and find his suit... Look, suffice it to say Jarek didn't sign up for this crap. Energy-bending arcanists? Red-eyed space vampires? Teamwork? Oh, and then there's that mysterious alien artifact that might just bring on the second apocalypse. No. Jarek sure as crap didn't sign up for this. And neither did his fiery new friend. But together, they might just be strong enough to pull it off. Assuming they don't kill each other first...
Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it’s almost like somebody doesn’t want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.
Paris marshal Danni Metreaux has her hands full with criminals preying on a local Weeia merchant, a fresh trainee and the happy distraction of a new love interest. Her instincts tell her that a powerful Weeia has been forcing humans to commit a series of crimes, and wiping their victim’s memories, leaving them to human justice. Will Danni be able to discover who is behind the crimes and stop them without losing her own mind?
A collection of science fiction short stories from the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile. The law of unintended consequences meets Murphy's law during a man's unexpected time travel. A grizzled veteran meets his god. And a loner discovers just how far he'd go to alleviate his loneliness. These stories explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what's real?
A brutal new Ice Age covers the Earth…
When an experiment to reverse climate change goes disastrously wrong, Jarred and his daughter Hope are forced to head south in search of warmth. This man-made eternal winter shows no signs of stopping, and with temperatures continuing to plummet, fears of a new ice age drive survivors into a panic.
Jarred and Hope don’t have the wilderness skills needed to survive this disaster. But when their car spins out of control, they’re forced to fend for themselves in the ruthless and unforgiving forest surrounding them. And as they journey through the snow-swept wilderness, they slowly discover they are not alone…
Survivalist Fiona knows how to deal with a harsh winter on her own, but this new world is deadly. She’s got a cabin stockpiled and is all alone until she runs across Benjy, a forest ranger who’s ready to help, but has his own reasons for staying with her.
Civilization is crumbling. There’s no electricity. The cold is getting worse, and resources are scarce. To survive, Jarred and Hope will have to find allies they can trust, and push themselves harder than they ever imagined. Because even a moment’s weakness in this harsh icy wasteland can mean only one thing. Freezing to death in the merciless cold…
A beastly prince. An enchanting beauty. Only love can break the spell. Once upon a time… The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father’s lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island’s ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She’s not sure she can reverse the spell, but she’s determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can’t be all bad…no matter how beastly his appearance. Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?
A collection of short stories by Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominated short story writer Cat Rambo. Find out why Publishers Weekly called this collection "crisp and compelling" while Django Wexler declared "Cat Rambo's writing is everything you could hope for -- lyrical, emotional, funny, by turns or all at once." Includes "Her Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight," "The Accordion," "Magnificent Pigs," "Narrative of a Beast's Life," "Sugar," "The Dead Girl's Wedding March," "In Order to Conserve," "The Towering Monarch of His Race," "I'll Gnaw Your Bones, the Manticore Said," "Eagle-haunted Lake Sammamish," "Heart In a Box," "In the Lesser Southern Isles," "Up the Chimney," "The Silent Familiar," "Events at Fort Plenitude," "Dew Drop Coffee Lounge," "A Key Decides Its Destiny," "Rare Pears and Greengages," "A Twine of Flame," and "Grandmother's Road Trip" (only available in the e-version).
Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy. In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver faces her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift—the power to observe the past—and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane. In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends—old and new—travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir. Winner of a 2020 IPPY award!
Busy learning how to kill with her gift of life, Princess Megan craves time to practice how to heal, but knows that only death will win the upcoming war. For the first time in Megan’s life, she has fallen in love, and with the wrong man, at that. As much as she loves Mana, will she have to end their relationship to keep her promise to the soon-to-be king of the Syreni, Prince Aenon? Meanwhile, Kevin is busy preparing for his child with Dana and trying to keep Megan out of trouble. When Brynjar takes him to the Saoirson Fighters’ hideout, he realizes he knows nothing and if he wants answers, he’ll have to talk to people he never expected to meet and never wanted to. On Earth, Carmia is learning what makes this foreign world spin. She discovers an island with inhabitants that appear primitive but are more sophisticated than anyone on Dalya. Their technology is more advanced than the inventions in her dreams. She flirts with the idea of staying on Earth forever until tragedy sends her sailing back to Dalya and into a deadly storm. She promises to return and never leave Earth again. At the same time, the king of the Paradise Kingdom and secretly all of Dargone, Megan’s father, plans his next move against his daughter, giving her a surprise she will never expect.
An enslaved enchantress. A magic mirror. Whose match will be made next? Once upon a time… When Queen Briska is accused of treason, she flees to the mountains, building an icy wall around her broken heart. But she cannot flee her punishment – she is forced to help other couples find love. A tough task, when the man she loves is dead. Amani knew his life was over the moment he was enslaved to a magic lamp. But when a strange twist of fate frees him from the lamp just as he discovers the woman he loves still lives, Amani sets out to find her, and free her, too. Will the power of love be enough to melt two frozen hearts?
Exactly whose handfasting is this? Senna feels like naught but an inconvenience at her own wedding.
Lyran’s father seems determined to take over in his pursuit of power, and Senna worries that the man she’s marrying is nothing more than his father’s puppet.
Written as a prequel to the Hengist medieval adventure series, this gives snapshots in the lives of Senna and Lyran - a couple of medieval healers not averse to using a dollop of earth magic and oodles of humour in their work. What they don't yet realise is their higher purpose - to heal an entire world.
For fans of Call the Midwife, Poldark and Robin Hood, this is book #1 in a cozy-mystery series, the fourth book will be out in May 2019.
“You know nothing. Nothing about Tanzia or its people. You would never have agreed to dog me if you didn’t want to see the Black Continent, and only I can show it to you. You have only one option anyhow: follow me, Commander Sharp.” A Lost World. A Marvelous Expedition. A Dangerous Ambassador. Across the waters from industrialized Cavendia lies the Forbidden Continent of Tanzia, where Servants, the majikal creations of an ancient sorcerer, still walk the earth. Once mankind was enslaved there, but after the sorcerer’s imprisonment, one nation sailed away. For centuries, none has dared return, until now. Fear has grown that technology may have emerged on Tanzia. Cavendia’s government decides to make first contact with the ancient land. Their chosen ambassador is Chadwick Yates, of origins unknown. An expert woodsman and firearms master, Yates is not a man to be crossed. His mission is to report on the technology and resources of the indigenous, but the government now suspects he is hiding the full truth. Thurston Sharp, a Royal Navy Commander from a long military pedigree, is selected to go along and find out what Yates is hiding. When the pair are dropped on Tanzia, Sharp realizes nearly everything Yates has told the government is a lie. But in a land populated by dark hounds, cannibals, and gargoyles of living stone, Sharp has no choice but to fight to survive with Yates and to go where the ambassador leads, even to battle... About the Series “Yates shouldered his shotgun an ...
With the Emperor defeated after a seemingly endless war, the citizens pray they'll never need to fight again. But already unrest is growing in the north of Khandarken. After Julianne Adjudicator's father disappears, she seeks to escape the clutches of her vicious stepmother Zanata, who has posted a reward on her head. The Sanctuary, near the Legitamia border, is rumoured to be the safest place for a woman in need of shelter in a sometimes hostile world full of unrest and roving dispossessed. But when Julianne seeks asylum, it soon becomes clear all is not as it first appeared. Then Abe Farmer arrives at the Sanctuary seeking medical help and she seizes the opportunity to leave. Abe isn't interested in taking a young woman with them, as he and his injured bodyguard struggle to return to the Southern Territory. Yet when he discovers her fate if she stays, he finds he has no choice. But the journey becomes more dangerous as they encounter the army of the New Emperor. Caught in the middle of a firefight, they flee toward the Catastrophic Ocean. Can Abe keep her safe till they reach home? From the mud and danger of the open road to the welcoming arms of the Sanctuary, from attacks by the dispossessed army to the storms of the open sea, Son of the Emperor takes us on a wild ride into danger and on to the dream of freedom.
Child of destiny and pawn of the gods When his parents are murdered and his sister taken by raiders, Corin an Fol’s world crashes in on him. Wild and willful, he joins the elite Wolf Regiment but swiftly falls foul of its swordmaster, the brutal Taskala. The regiment becomes embroiled in a vicious civil war between the sultan of Permio and rebel tribesmen. Corin, caught in the treacherous power play between rival factions and corrupt leaders, struggles to survive. Torn between his quest for vengeance and growing hatred for the sadistic Taskala, Corin has to intervene when the woman he loves becomes the latest target of Taskala’s wrath. Gray Wolf is the first of five spellbinding fantasy novels featuring Corin an Fol, a man chosen by the gods to walk a dark path.
Something is out there. And the people live in constant fear. But their biggest threat lies within their own village. Everyone and everything is dying, slowly and without hope of salvation. In a world where almost nothing is truth and isolation is the purest form of self-deception, the possibility of hope exists only in the heart and mind of a young woman who chooses to follow an unknown path in order to save everyone she knows and loves. Before long, she discovers that her most vital beliefs are based on a deception that will rock the foundation of her entire people. To save them, she must learn to open her heart and sacrifice… everything. You may think you have heard this story before, but be warned. You haven’t.
There once lived a princess and prince,
with magic powerful and grand.
with exalted titles and alluring wiles,
they were hunted by many across the land.
Puffed up on his own bravado, Prince Erik embarks on a quest to fetch an army for his father the king. How was he to know there were those out there willing to kill and rob him? Thankfully, he has his sister Abby by his side. Armed with his charm and her stellar wit they might just make it out alive.
Yet when they arrive at the neighboring King’s castle, the royal ropes Erik into an ultimatum that could snatch away his freedom. In a last ditch effort to save her brother, Abby poses a riddle. One answer will bind Erik to the neighboring kingdom for all eternity, the other will grant them the sought after army.
Is Abby’s magic cunning enough to outsmart their enemy? Or will her brother pay the price for her failure?
A deadly extraction. Ruthless enemies. Will the cold-blooded skills of this knighted war criminal be enough to evade a brutal demise? Box Set: Over 800 pages of gritty, breakneck action alongside the ultimate spymaster. Renault isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Tasked with rescuing a captive aboard a train, the fearless member of the Brotherhood of Merlin schemes to take out the hundreds of soldiers guarding the target. But when his own men betray him and critically compromise the mission, this servant of the Round Table finds himself alone and on the run. Barely escaping capture with his secret identity now exposed, Renault enters a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. But though he’s ready to go head-to-head with a formidable opponent, the cunning warrior’s battle for survival may be his last… Can he slay those after his blood, or will he fall to a vicious gang of cutthroats? The Hound of Hell Boxset contains the first three books in the electrifying Hound of Hell dark fantasy series. If you like flawed antiheroes, gruesome skirmishes, and explicit scenes, then you’ll love Rory D Nelson’s collection of high-octane thrills.
A dutiful daughter. A prince forced to find a bride. If the shoe fits… Once upon a time… When the Emperor’s army comes recruiting, Mai signs up, seeing it as the perfect escape from her stepmother and a lifetime of drudgery. Armed with her mother’s armour and a pair of magic shoes, Mai marches off to war…only to find herself sharing a tent with the General’s arrogant nephew, Prince Yi. The best swordsman in the Empire, Prince Yi wants to make war, not love, but the Emperor insists this will be Yi’s last campaign before he must marry. Prince Yi has never met his match…until now. Can one woman win the war and the prince’s heart?
Book Three in the time travel, fantasy romance trilogy, Highland Secrets! Her sister is lost…in the past. Three weeks after her sister goes missing, Juliette McGowan encounters her on a beach in Scotland. Her sister gives her a scroll full of claims about time travel and disappears—literally. As a sister, Jules is determined to find her. As a cop, she can’t go to the authorities. The piece of parchment declares magic exists; they’d think she’s nuts. When a mysterious woman vows she can help her get to the seventeenth century, Jules goes along with it out of desperation. He’s an infamous barbarian… Hugh MacDonald is intrigued when he finds a disoriented naked lass on the beach. She holds a scroll that was written by his rival’s wife. Clan MacLeod will pay ransom for her safe return, so he takes her captive. She challenges his authority—and his desires. What started off as a plan to anger the MacLeods ends with Hugh wanting to keep her for himself. Can Jules break free of the barbarian, find her sister and return to the future or will she give in to her attraction and desire to remain in the past?
Unsheathed: An Epic Fantasy Collection
Draw your blade.
Fasten your armor.
Prepare for war.
The Unsheathed Collection brings to life nine powerhouse tales of epic fantasy filled with daring duels, gruesome slaughter, and the ringing cacophony of battle.
The dead are all around us. Tara can see them, hear them, and help them. All her life she has battled with this gift...curse. Only her mother and best friend know the truth. Then she meets a stranger in a historic graveyard and he changes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Tara was born already a member of a secret society known as The Veil. They are immortal and their mission is to help everyone they can. She is shown how to handle her gifts and discovers even more on her journey. With the gift of immortality, Tara still battles one curse that has been there her entire life. Demons! Demons have tried to attack her as long as she can remember. Can she learn to use her gifts? Can she trust those around her? Can she conquer her nightmares? Can she finally be free?
What are experiences? Can we represent them as a set of measurable parameters that can be replayed? If we researched and succeeded in creating a perfect experience recorder and replay what will happen? "If only pictures and words could capture the beauty of the world around us!!" Vijay could have easily dismissed it with that philosophical view. Yet that simple often repeated sentence had got him thinking. Once the train of thoughts had started he could not stop it. He had thought about how in spite of all the technological advancements the very simple act of “recreating a moment” was still not possible by mankind. It was strange that we lived in a world where companies were running behind “creating NEW artificially induced virtual reality experience” but no one could record “a real-life experience” and replay it in a virtual reality environment with exactly the same precision and experience. We needed to see beyond the earth to know it was not flat. If we could pull ourselves out of this world of reality, what would we see?
Love them or hate them, without a good villain, a story is missing a vital piece of its puzzle. These authors tackle the often misunderstood and misguided antagonist from their perspective. Though we'd be remiss if we didn't allow for evil for the sake of evil, because who doesn't love a 'good' Big Baddie. Come along as we explore the other side of the story and see just what makes these characters - Villains. With Stories From: Benjamin DeHaan - "Scalevolution" Laura J. Campbell - "The Omong Sri" Linda M. Crate - "Queen Amalia" Nicole Walsh - "Hell-Bound" Alex Minns - "Chimera Station" MR Wells - "The Ballad of Black Rook" Eve Morton - "Tall Tales, or I Was A Teenage Superhero" Andrew P. McGregor - "The Tithe Collectors" Melissa Ferguson - "A New Kind of Hunger" Glenda Thompson - "Misdemeanor Murders" Lyra Meurer - "Under The Fig Tree" Sarah Lapalme - "The Family Legacy" Helen Obermeier - "The Alien I Shot" Jordan Davidson - "For The Hunt" Steven E. Scribner - "The Fourth Source" Erin Swann - "A Necessary Sacrifice"
A secret organization wants to help her. An ancient order wants her dead. And she doesn't even know what she is... Kaylee Richards just blasted her first date with lightning. She has no idea how, but when the creep pulls a sword on her, what’s a girl to do? Turns out Kaylee is a dragon-kin, a half dragon/half human with the rare power to summon storms. The problem? Her newly-discovered magic has attracted the wrong kind of attention: Slayers, a murderous ancient order dedicated to eradicating all dragon-kin. They’re planning something big. Something deadly. And they need Kaylee to do it. A fast-paced young adult urban fantasy with an awesome heroine, full of magic, wizards, and dragon shifters!
Book One - THE SECRET OF EXCALIBUR
His superpowers made him invincible.
Or so he thought.
Ever since his head injury, Arthur has become fearless arrogant even.
James Bond meets Merlin
Winner of the 2016 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention award for the Fantasy / Urban genre.
Book Two - THE REVENGE OF EXCALIBUR
Her father had superpowers . . .
Pamela does too . . .
And life aint easy.
A self-imposed outcast, Pamela struggles with her psychic abilities. She yearns to be herself without jealousy or fear from her friends or acquaintances.
Paranormal meets Star Trek
Book Three KARRIN: WARRIOR CHILD
Karrins family has silver power.
Fear of that power killed her parents and left her a 6-year-old orphan.
Found washed up on a beach with no memory and only a name engraved on a bracelet, Karrin is turned over to the Home.
Harry Potter meets X-men
Book Four KARRIN: WARRIOR WOMAN
A young woman abandoned on a deserted alien planet.
An inter-dimensional life form that wants her dead.
Three years later, against all odds, eighteen-year-old Karrin has survived the harsh elements of planet Switch. Her only companion, Brownie, a mysterious two-tailed creature that appeared during her time of grief over the loss of Lurga.
From Book 1: After Breed, an thief-assassin of small renown is chased by a dragon, tricked by a demon, almost killed by a psychopathic gang boss, and hunted by a ferocious spider, life really takes a turn for the worst.
Sentenced to five years bonded servitude to a one-handed priest magician, Breed must find the hammer of the ancient hero known only as The Hammer of the North within a year and a day...
So, with only a drug-addicted vagrant, a rat-faced child, and a timid priest for backup, Breed sets out for the mighty city of Valen and the tomb of the Hammer.
What could possibly go Wrong?
Grim, dark and funny, Dangerous To Know is an epic sword and sorcery adventure.
Eleanor, a timid orphan, has no clue to her real purpose, but she also has no desire to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she grew up with. Eleanor believes Edward, whom she loves, will save her from being forced to take vows. She knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. With only her instincts to protect her, she must match wits with a powerful being intent on the destruction of her world. If she does not find The Perfect Tear and release it’s healing power into the land, she will become an accomplice in the destruction of all she loves.
Perronius. He is the greatest knight in Round Table history, a blind hero with preternatural abilities to rival the gods themselves. And now, he faces the greatest threat in his country’s history. A tyrant named Songre-Khan has plans of invading his country. His secret weapon is the monk Gaeden-Kai, who he keeps locked away in an impenetrable fortress. No one has ever escaped from it. And so Perronius embarks on the most difficult mission of his life: rescue Gaeden-Kai from the clutches of Somgre-Khan and defeat Gilleon’s greatest threat to their survival. If he accomplishes it, he will attain the title of Merlin and usher in an era of peace and prosperity. If he fails , then everything he holds dear will be extinguished.
Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly? Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia. Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.
"This is a complex plot at its best. The character development is perfect." -Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite It was the 75th year of Alberoth when the AsZar summoned the Guardians. There was an imbalance in the lands of Faélondul. The Zaxson, Draizeyn Vereux, conspired to exterminate the infestation in Nazil. He planned to eradicate the humans. Led by the priestly cast called the Cha, the Xenophobic Nazilians dominating Faélondul justified their brutalities against the humans. But when the First Chosen of the elite guard discovers Brahanu Ravenot lost near the gates of the city, not only his life but also his entire system of beliefs is forever changed. With the darkness covering the lands, can love--forbidden, yet eternal--save both humans and Nazilians? "The Rise of Nazil is an adult diverse fantasy novel that takes your breath away.Intricate plotting, intense passion, exciting battles, and complex, challenging characters pull the reader into the mythical world of Faélondul, where powerful ethereal beings wrestle for domination against the brutal Nazilian rulers." *Due to some graphic scenes and adult situations, this book is intended for MATURE readers only*
Just as Aea had finally found happiness in her troubled life, everything starts to fall apart. When she discovers that her sister, Isota, is still alive, Aea ventures to save her, well aware that every Duian who leaves the forest realm of Thaduin will inevitably catch a deadly disease, the Field Blight. Aea finds herself in a race against time. Arkum’Sul really wants nothing but to be left alone. Being the sole survivor of his race, and the son of a dragon god, makes such desires difficult to fulfill. Meanwhile, Ayida, another Duian, resides in the Bronze Tower, far north of Thaduin, where she has grown to become a powerful spellcaster. However, it requires all of her skills to heal herself of the Field Blight daily. This place is the heart of the Magio Order, a dominant organization of female magic-wielders, where Ayida has tried for decades to ascend from Apprentice to the rank of Sienna… and failed every time. As she makes another attempt, all goes horribly wrong. Will the world of Erisdün survive as ancient myths and reality become one? “Desolation” is the first book in the fantasy trilogy, “The Keystone Bone”. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but if you like fast-paced fantasy, with dragons, demons, and magic, then you will love “Desolation”.
During a time of strife, Megildur must traverse Aerynth to rescue his sister and fulfill a destiny ordained by the All-Father. Finding Shadowbane, the mighty but cursed sword, will be challenging enough for this young Aelfborn. In a world torn apart by treachery and conflict, it is every being, or creature, for themselves.
This novel combines qualities from Lord of the Rings© and Greek mythology, with a few twists on some new races. This is the first novel to reveal the lore behind the epic player versus player game, Shadowbane.
Aerynth exists within a shroud of betrayal and deceit for over 100 years. In this realm of chaos, Megildur finds help from an unlikely pair…a sneaky Shade and a nomadic Nephilim. Can this unique trio bring peace and order to Aerynth, or fall prey to the Terror of Terrors?
J.M. Hofer delivers page-turning tales of lust, power and sorcery in her award-winning Celtic Fantasy series, Islands in the Mist. Set in post-Roman Britain and steeped in Welsh legend, her stories bring to life the times just before the arrival of King Arthur.
Lizzie waited twenty years to return to Corfu... Lizzie plucks up the courage to tell Stamatis everything about the witch, who has now revealed her true motive and doesn’t seem to ever intend to let her go. Soon, Lizzie teams up with a powerful ally who proves to be her only hope. All she has to do now is trust… But can she do it? Will Corfu ever be again the perfect paradise she once knew? "I'm usually good at guessing endings, but this one floored me. Would it finish with a cop-out? No, Effrosyni came up with the goods, with a brilliant twist that pulled the plot back from the brink." ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu
I have two choices. Unleash the dark magic inside of me. Or die. I had always been an outcast. I was born without magic into one of the most powerful magical families in the world and shunned from birth. My family believed that power was worth any price and anyone without it was less than worthless. But when my powers finally erupted in a violent display, I only had two choices: embrace the darkness of my magic or run. So I ran. My rules are simple: no magic and absolutely no contact with the magical underworld. These rules have kept me safe from my family for the last year, even if that means hiding out among the humans and pretending to be one of them. But when my past catches up to me in the form of a deadly beautiful demon who wants my power for his own, my rules can’t help me. And I have to fight back or die. And power corrupts even the best intentions. Wayward Magic is the first book in the Shade and Shadows series, a fast-paced NA/YA Urban Fantasy with a snarky heroine, lots of action and a magical underworld that will leave you wanting more.
A cursed city shrouded in mist. The power to level an army. A deadly race against demons to find it.
Five hundred years have passed since Naradon, the mad emperor, ruled over the world of Arinthar. Unknown to all but a few, the emperor left behind a deadly legacy—seven towers scattered across the globe, each with the power to lay waste to an army.
Now demons have crawled up from the Abyss and taken one of those towers, using its power to summon more of their brethren. To make matters worse, a second tower has been uncovered and the demons want that one, too.
Yet that tower will not be taken easily. Shrouded in mist, the ancient city surrounding that tower has fallen under a terrible curse. All who once lived there walk the earth as undead, including the mad emperor’s wife.
Shortly before his death, Gwen’s father makes a decision that alters the course of her life. She possesses the queen gene and is promptly sold to King Thor, but before she has a moment to grasp this shocking turn of events, Thor barges in and takes control of her and her life.
War is waging. Gwen is forced to choose sides before more lives are lost, but before her decision is made, a new threat emerges. A girl has been kidnapped. Gwen takes it upon herself to find her.
Thor needs to defeat Rex and his army to claim London as his kingdom, but Gwen’s strong will tests him more than any other challenge he’s faced. His struggle to win a war that took the lives of his parents and threatens his opportunity to work with the wizard Merlin compete with his growing affection for the feisty queen.
Will Gwen find the woman before it’s too late? Can Thor defeat his enemies and win Gwen’s heart in the process? Will love prevail in the face of turmoil?
Mel can sense the blood beating through her companions' veins. She can count the moments between heartbeats to tell who is sincere and who is lying. She can make herself stronger for short periods of time, heal small wounds on her body, and manipulate light to change her appearance subtly. These abilities are useful skills for a Mask--a preternaturally sensitive, cloaked and imposing, impartial arbitrator, both revered and feared by everyone. Mattieus Ottick, or just Ott to his friends, comes from the frozen north to hunt the strange ogre-like creatures, or trogs, that threaten the northern mines. Magical beasties? Nightmares come to life? The world as Ott knows it is about to change. Blessed by easy charm and good looks, Ott is used to the attention of females, but, gods above, he is knocked flat by the kiss of the ethereal woman he rescues. How could she possibly be a Mask?
Summer, 367 A.D. In a land of mystery and enchantment, in an age of Celtic gods, Highland warlords, Roman legions, and powerful druids, a young Pictish healer finds herself embroiled in an epic struggle between gods and men. The Celtic tribes of the lands we now know as Scotland and Ireland conspire to assault Hadrian’s Wall and drive the Romans out of Britain forever. But in order for the warriors to achieve victory in the military campaign, the druids must first gain ascendancy over the new Roman god. Amid clandestine preparations for war, Flora is yanked out of her peaceful, ordinary world and thrust into a spiritual battle of mythic proportions. In order to save her family, her clan, and her people, she is called upon to sacrifice not only her life, but her very identity. Feeling trapped in a web of manipulation and deceit, she struggles to discover the true reality of who she is and who she will become. Set in the Scottish Highlands, this story brings to life an age and a people that have remained veiled in the mists of time. Based on extensive research into the archaeology, culture, and geography of fourth-century Scotland, Daughter of the Gods explores the mysterious people knowns as the Picts—a collection of tribes so determined to retain their freedom that they dared to defy the mightiest army the ancient world had ever known. This is not, however, primarily an action adventure tale, but a profoundly provocative saga for readers who like to think deeply about their o ...
Aurianna must rewrite the past in order to save the future. A terrible curse changed her life forever, but now she must race against time to uncover the truth about the catastrophe that is destined to leave their world broken and create the only future she has ever known.
A life of luxury shattered in an instant. Can a girl protect her brothers when they’re trapped in a centuries-long curse? Pre-Celtic Ireland. Fae princess Fionnuala lives and breathes family. So after her mother dies giving birth and her father turns to drink, she shoulders the responsibility of running the household. But she’s shocked when her sire's new wife seethes with jealousy and bedevils her stepchildren with sorcery. Caught in the rage-fueled magic, the dutiful daughter despairs when she and her siblings transform into swans. And though she fights back, her soul weeps to learn their torment will last nine hundred years. Can the determined lass keep the four of them sane and rewrite their tragic fate? The Enchanted Swans is a heartrending fairytale fantasy. If you like brave and loyal heroines, wicked villains, and Irish folklore, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s immersive story. Buy The Enchanted Swans to defeat evil today!
A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution. After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke. To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon. Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh. That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.
A war between her immortal ancestors and an ancient evil has connected Dane to a world she never knew existed. She is one of the Arcanists, descendants of the supernatural races that ruled the realms of the Thanissia Universe in a time before man. Now she and Rafe, the sexy immortal warrior to whom she’s bound, must fuse their two worlds together. Threats lurk in the shadows and in the recesses of Dane’s mind as she finds herself linked to the darkness that seeks to destroy everything she loves.
While sleeping off a large meal, Dragon is rudely awakened by a foul-tempered witch named Bellatrix. Hysterical about the murder of her daughter, a maiden who popped into his cavern as Dragon’s meal, she performs an irrational act. Bellatrix uses the Heart’s Blood Curse to transform Dragon into a knight. Dragon had pleaded his case, tried to tell the witch that the girl was already dead when she arrived, but the blasted witch wouldn’t listen to reason. It wasn’t his fault that he devoured the maiden. He was merely behaving like a dragon, after all, maiden is his favorite meal. You can’t expect a hungry dragon to ignore the delicate flavor and tender flesh of such an offering. To reverse the horrid Heart’s Blood Curse, Dragon is forced on a quest he knows little about. He must journey by foot to Castle Trelfor and perform a brave deed for the castle’s young sorceress. Once the task is complete, the witch will grant him one spell, and he can become a magnificent dragon once again. During the treacherous journey, Dragon learns lessons about friendship and valor, facing down giant spiders, zombies, vampires, ghosts, and harpies. Will Dragon be able to save the magical realm from the diabolical plot of a powerful demon? The futures of the mundane world and his magical realm hang in the balance. The Dragon Knight must win the day. This book includes three bonus short stories. The first two are futuristic animal tales that will tantalize rea ...
Two years have passed since Abigail Blanque’s life was changed forever. After suffering a great loss, she fed into her darkness and pain, killing every rogue vampire within her reach. Abby finds herself marked by an evil ancestor hell-bent on returning from her talisman-encased prison. She needs Abby’s soul in order to rise again. Meanwhile, something sinister is happening in New Orleans. An unidentified dark force is taking over hybrids and other supernaturals, but no one knows who’s bringing the malevolent black magic forth and it's set its sights on Abby. It’s a race against time and it’s up to Abby, her sister Elizabeth, and trusted friends to stop this evil before it wreaks havoc within the city. The Darkness has been awakened.
With her parents dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, Princess Selene must save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers...
The magic of Egypt and Isis remain within her. Can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win or die?
Based on the true life story of Cleopatra's daughter.
Death stalks the abbey at Tranquility Bridge... On their way from their remote district to the Imperial capital, detective-judge Jhee and her spouses are forced to halt for repairs at a secluded abbey. There is more to the abbey than meets the eye. While there, she is called upon to investigate several mysterious deaths. Trapped by circumstances and with no way for help to arrive, can she uncover the truth before she or her spouses become the next victims of the sinister forces that lurk just out of sight?
No blood. No body. No murder. That’s what the police found after Penelope spun her bizarre tale. In a hysterical state, she said her father was butchered and eaten by a mob of birds ~ in her bedroom. They claim she’s crazy. That she suffers from delusions. Penelope is dead set on proving them wrong. After being institutionalized for eight months, Penelope is out and more determined than ever to find answers to her so-called hallucinations. With her father’s untimely disappearance, she’s convinced her family is hiding something sinister.
Sam has the perfect life. Take care of the animals, hang out with her quirky crush Jake, enjoy summer. Until a dragon attacks her… The dragon poisons Sam’s father and Jake’s mother and tells the teens to go to the Amazon to get the antidote. Things get even crazier when a supernatural cat and a faerie arrive. They want Sam to fulfill an ancient prophecy. What? Sam just wants to save her father. She is also a klutz, not a superhero. But she has more power than she realizes, and a forgotten past… A powerful beast has the antidote. To get it, Sam and Jake are forced on a mission that could tear their friendship apart. Ninja dragons, a giant gorilla, and a mysterious water queen offer help. But who can Sam trust? And if she embraces the prophecy, she’ll have to find the courage and inner power to go up against an unbeatable monster…she’ll have to be a true guardian. Guardian, The Choice has a touch of humor and romance & stars a powerful heroine, a quirky tough hero, and a slew of not-so-friendly magical beasts. Fans of Rick Riordan will love Magical Beasts. 2019 WINNER YA Outstanding Fiction IAN BOTY Award.
Three sisters. An absent prince who promised to protect them. And the wolf is at the door… Once upon a time… When war breaks out, Rudolf promises Portia and her sisters he will protect them. But his father falls in battle, and Rudolf is forced to return home to command his father’s armies. Shifting alliances turn Portia and her family from friends to sworn enemies. To win the war, Rudolf must conquer her home, and risk losing her forever. When the wolf is at the door, who will win – love or war?
The return of the world's first Artificially Intelligent Private Investigator, Raymond 3000. Sentenced with other Andro-Americans to a concentration camp for alleged crimes against the state, Raymond is temporarily freed to help find who is behind a series of terrorist bombings targeting the city.
Lord Spaulding's life seemed perfect. The perfectly stable life of the elusive mortal elf that rules the Kasimma Clan has ended up in haywire when his best friend Trevilin left two unwanted guests at his doorstep one autumn day: two orphan children from a disgraced noble family that just happen to be his long lost blood relatives named Richard and Nelida Earlrose. Spaulding must now find the way to bring these two children back to their nation and along the way, destroy a dangerous piece of sorcery that is hidden in his castle before King Salman and the Äimite guard find out.
Ruins on Stone Hill
What do you get when you mix a novice wizard, a reckless warrior, a sharp-tongued thief, & a saintly cleric? Swords, sorcery, & sarcasm.
Glolindir thought he knew all about magic until he came face to face with his very first monster. He only survived thanks to his new friends: a gallant warrior as talented as he is reckless, a mysterious halfling whose knives are nearly as sharp as his tongue, and a saintly gnome whose very touch can heal.
Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of their troubles. Strange things have been happening around the little town of Ravenford. Before they know it, they are up to their necks in monsters and worse.
From eerie ruins to underground caves to a ghostly forest devoid of life, they encounter the forces of darkness. Can they overcome their faults and work together to save the town, or will they die trying?
An army of darkness has targeted Ravenford. Who would be crazy enough to stand in their way?
"You'll be sorry... they'll enthrall... you all..." Voltark's shade had threatened.
The mage had been part of a cult that practices the darkest of arts. For reasons shrouded in mystery, the group has set its sights on the little town of Ravenford.
With new threats cropping up in and around the town, Glolindir and friends are faced with an impossible task: protect Ravenford from an a ...
A dangerous faerie lurks behind an empty throne. Still living as a faerie outcast in the human world, Kelty is summoned by the Court of Outcasts, where another faerie—one with a dark past, a skewed sense of reality, and a penchant for influencing minds—offers her the throne. Accepting would force her to forfeit her dreams by remaining in the human world for the rest of her days. But refusing could spell disaster for the humans she now hopes to protect. Meanwhile, Nola struggles with fainting spells as her human body rejects the faerie magic now within her. She tries to stay away from the outcasts, but when the mysterious new guy in school lures her friend Lauren away, she follows them to a place she never thought she would see—and may not be able to leave. Fighting separate battles against a common enemy, Kelty and Nola find themselves questioning everything as they struggle to decide what truly matters—and to survive with their minds intact. This second installment in the Tales of an Outcast Faerie series is a magical, fast-paced tale where life-altering decisions loom, relationships falter, and the insanity of one powerful faerie threatens to break them all.
Though I am the darkness...let me be your light! Farrow Latimer, Prince of the Arcades: I am the prince of darkness, the executioner and fallen angel royalty who is forbidden love. No matter how many men or women I take to my bed none capture my heart. As the Arcades teem with lust, debauchery, and destruction, I neither relish nor abhor my role as the most brutal of all and then I catch her....the small fairy halfling who changes my world. Rayelynn Astraides, first daughter of the Commander of Landharn's West Shore: The fallen angels litter the skies coming to claim us. I am running from the monstrous man my father is to make me marry for failing battle school when they attack. Fallen angels are all about us and in my fear I tuck myself away. There, beside the tree where I hide, he stands, tall, majestic, handsome... and deadly. He lets me run and I return to the battlefield to tend our wounded as I am a gifted healer. When the beguiling dark angel returns, he takes me as his prisoner. I see such horror and sadness during my incarceration, but none greater than that which lies within the fallen prince who is disallowed love yet risks all for it. The Fall of Arcades is an incredible love story with some dark elements, sexual situations, and several polyamorous characters... because when you're an immortal an eternity of vanilla is just no fun.
ONE VICTORIAN CITY. ONE MAGICAL UPRISING. ONE BOY CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. A dark Victorian fantasy adventure you won’t be able to put down. Fate has never been kind to twelve-year-old Toby. Not when he was abandoned on the steps of a workhouse as a baby. Nor when he escaped into the magical underworld that hides in London’s shadows. But when the futures of thousands of lives come to rest in his hands, Toby quickly realises that perhaps fate had a good reason. Perhaps it was preparing him. As the peacekeeper between both worlds, human and magic, can he find the inner strength to become a hero or does fate have darker intentions? This complete set contains all three books in The Twisted Christmas Trilogy about a young boy, an old man and a spellbinding troupe of magical performers, written by bestselling author Daniel Parsons. Over 700 pages of magic, mischief and cinematic creatures. Now, for a limited time, save over 50% by grabbing the entire series in this special bundle deal! This Boxed Set Includes Book One: The Winter Freak Show Book Two: Face of a Traitor Book Three: The Wrath of Oberon What Readers Are Saying About the Series ★★★★★ “A Christmas tale with a dark but magical twist which I thought was great.” ★★★★★ “A delightful combination of Charles Dickens, The Santa Clause, and The Polar Express.” ★★★★★ “Well paced, with loads of twists and full of action. The main character might be a boy but it is definitely a book for readers young and old.” ★★★★★ “This is a really f ...
Two princesses. One prince. And the war has just begun. Once upon a time… Princess Ava was sent to a neighbouring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince’s attention. Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war. But when all’s fair in love and war…who will win the battle for the prince’s heart?
Heroes aren’t born. They are forged… William Reis never wanted to be a hero. His only ambition is to join the prestigious Smithing guild, something no one from his home has ever achieved. But when he discovers a pair of ancient artifacts while forging his audition piece, he accidentally unleashes a curse that only he can stop. After uncovering a secret plot against his family lineage, Will manages to trick his way into the guild under an assumed name. But when the artifact known as the Blade of Valnijz injures his cousin Duncan, he is horrified to discover that the wound is cursed. Duncan is slowly transformed into an inhuman killing machine, driven by bloodlust and rage. And only a dead god has the power to restore his humanity. Will and Myriam, a fellow guild apprentice, must undergo a treacherous journey to restore the god known as Amder to life. But as the connection between them grows, they are pursued by a sinister high priest who seeks to reignite an ancient holy war. And unless Will can stop it, everything he holds dear will burn…
A kingdom in danger and an ancient secret that could change everything. The closing lines of a farewell poem, written centuries ago by the last great king of the old world, might prove to be more than it seems: The world and all its light shall fade; I'll stay with her beneath the shade And wait until the world's remade... Something is creeping at the fringes of the world. Is it just the talk of frightened villagers? Or is it something more? Enter the entirely new fantasy world of The Banished Lands! Now, for the first time, the complete series is on sale in one collected volume. The Banished Lands combines the best of epic fantasy, fairy tale, mythology, poetry, romance and mystery. If you love a good old-fashioned story, The Banished Lands will deliver on your expectations. Here's what reviewers of the individual books had to say: Carpe Diem: \"Lyrically and beautifully written. An extraordinary story that fully engages the reader in the mystery, suspense and adventure found within. This talented author has created an exceptional fantasy world wherein the characters are vividly brought to life as they discover their history is different than they believed, and now face dangers both known and unknown. An excellent read, especially captivating when read aloud as the listeners hang on every word of this enthralling tale! Yes, I have charmed by The Banished Lands – an amazing feat for this reader who doesn’t typically favor the fantasy genre! I am now looking forward to enjoyin ...
Merlin returns to Lycenea, victorious, having defeated the Visi-Gauls in a gruesome campaign that saw the annihilation of their Southern Army and the death of their sadistic King, Jason. His peaceful reprieve is cut short however, as he must now find and expose the corrupt senator who initiated the war. Herod Antipaz, the corrupt senator Merlin seeks, has plans of his own for eliminating the Brotherhood and the mysterious boy, Dante, whose fate is intrinsically linked with Gilleon itself. Will the machinations of Herod Antipaz prove too much for Merlin and the Brotherhood to overcome? Will Merlin be able to protect Dante, who is prophesized to be the next savior of Gilleon or will Herod make good on his promise by eliminating Dante once and for all?
Julii, a beautiful, insecure and victimized Tennessee Indian is caught up in the white man's world after saving the life of a Confederate captain wounded at the battle of Shiloh.
Overcoming great disadvantage, cruel prejudice and bitter persecution, Julii harnesses her intrinsic genius to become the Confederate States’ most aggressive blockade-runner.
Using conspiracy, manipulation and bribery to punish those who wronged her, Julii sets off a chain of events that leads to General Sherman burning down Atlanta, his infamous “March to the sea”, and a total Union victory, while condemning her to suffer for even more sins of her past.
From out of the post-apocalyptic ashes of a dead Earth, 200 people placed into hibernation are sent into space to keep the last of humanity alive. Three thousand years later, the sole survivor of that starship awakens into the post-apocalyptic world of the planet of his birth --A New Science Fiction/Fantasy from the Author of the best selling Tales of Nevaeh series. WARLORD: Arrival, Journal 1 of The Journals of Solomon Roth --The Journals of Solomon Roth is a new series based on the Post-Apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy, Tales of Nevaeh series. WARLORD is the story of Solomon Roth's return to a vastly different earth 3,000 years after he left. The first books of the series will follow Roth's rise as one of the most powerful warriors in Nevaeh. --As was the series, Tales of Nevaeh, WARLORD: Arrival, is both science fiction and fantasy. Reviewers have called it a mixture of Shannara, The Hundred, with a dash of GoT thrown in, and reminiscent of Andre Norton. WARLORD: Arrival, combines futuristic Post-Apocalyptic societies ruled by scientific magic, metaphysical powers, and strong men and women. The series follows Roth as he brings the dominions of Nevaeh together to fight the Dark Masters and their armies of slave.
Blood waters the fields of Alfheim. War rips across the land of usurped kings and elves. The Fae gods draw near, and Queen Kallan’s strength is tested as she follows King Rune into Alfheim. But the Shadow Beast caged within Rune’s body writhes in hunger, and Kallan’s newest companion, Bergen the legendary Berserk, is determined to end the conflict with her life. As the witch, the king, and the berserk come together, the truth buried within the past resurfaces. Now, Kallan must master a dormant power or watch her kingdom fall to the Fae who will stop at nothing to keep their lies.
Fire and Lies (Tales of the Drui Book #2) picks up right where Dolor and Shadow left off, concluding one chapter of Kallan’s life as the next chapter begins.
Wet your whistle with a taste of award winning author Elle Klass young adult fiction. There's something for everyone who can't get enough teenage heroines and heros, including new release Isandro Volume 1 of the hidden journals. Disclaimer: You may experience uncontrollable laughter, nail-biting and hair tugging as well as a desire to continue reading and even share with a friend or neighbor. What's Inside: Baby Girl - In the Beginning and Moonlighting in Paris Zombie Girl - Premonition and Infection The Bloodseekers - The Vampires Next Door hidden journals - Isandro
Shadyia, one of the finest courtesans of The Silver Rose, is caught between the ancient conflict of Order and Chaos when a devious zealot demands she seduces Aaron, a powerful magician masquerading as a wealthy scholar.
Concealing her forbidden romance with a fellow sister, and discovering her own astonishing heritage, Shadyia must find the strength to defy the crusaders that threaten her sisterhood and help Aaron prevent an emanate darkness from destroying the world.
Meet Edward Nodd, a peculiar young boy who has spent his entire life feeling as though he was missing something. It's not that he isn't a whole boy, because he certainly is, but rather it seems as if something inside is absent. That is until one day, when he stumbles upon a mirror that will take him beyond the scope of reality and into I'draea, the world of dreams.
Join him as he journeys through the fantastic and often dangerous realms of unreality. There he encounters a host of wild and interesting characters, including the vicious and terrible Sandman, who resides deep in the City of Nightmares!
This dark tale will be a good read for fans of fantasy and horror alike!
An arch-mage can handle almost anything. Unless he's cursed, lost his job and facing an unknown enemy. The Gallantean Empire relies increasingly upon magical technology which cleans sewers, runs trams and much more. Within the capital city of Cal Rindon, magic is pervasive, but not necessarily used without criminal activity. The bustling metropolis boasts constant innovations mixed with growing pains. Amid the good lurks the bad with unrest and growing crime. Arch-mage Manny Mandeheim fell under a curse, watched his fiancé die, and then lost his job as a spy. So what's an arch-mage to do? Start his own magical investigation service while he works to clear his good name and maybe avenge his lost love. With his very un-magical partner, Wish Ackford, Manny discovers the menace of a much larger conspiracy than he expected looming behind his curse. The limitations from the hex leave him at a distinct disadvantage as he and Wish investigate. Assassins lurk at every corner or in every tram car. The threat of an unknown mastermind with murky intentions lingers just out of sight. A questionable source offers the hint of a secret order hounding Manny's footsteps. A murder leads to wrenching discoveries. Nothing an arch-mage can't handle... Unless the curse limits how much magic he can use or kills him outright. A mixture of gaslamp fantasy and Sherlock Holmes-like cases, The Order of the Dark Rose is a sleuth private detective mystery set in an alternate fantasy world where magic is bo ...
2017 Distinguished Favorite Award-Independent Press Awards A Tea Party activist discovers that he is growing another head. A playboy befriends a fickle female only six inches tall. A lonely librarian answers a matrimonial ad from a demonic farmer. Darkness abounds in James Hanna's cryptic stories. In these nineteen piercing tales, Hanna skewers the human comedy and makes reading dangerous again. "A Sinister sense of irony pervades the stories in this perverse, darkly fantastic anthology. Author James Hanna has a unique insight into the most curious aspects of the human condition and does not shy from exploring these to their shockingly logical conclusion. A Second, Less Capable Head is exceptionally memorable from beginning to end." - Midwest Book Review. "The mark of an author at the peak of his literary powers, there are scant few tales that won't linger beyond the page. Without a doubt, A Second Less Capable Head delivers one of the most powerful and cutting collection of stories you will ever read." - Book Viral
The Highlander’s vow versus the surgeon’s oath… Angus MacLeod is always getting everyone else out of trouble. When a bonnie lass appears naked on the beach, he’s compelled to rescue her. Only, Lila Salinas doesn’t need saving. Her oath as a surgeon is to heal others, even when yanked back to 1692. Angus is immediately intrigued with the take-charge lass. His father gravely injured, so her appearance holds whispers that everything happens for a reason. Lila is anxious to get back to modern times, but she can’t leave a sick patient. The longer she remains in the 17th century, the more distant her dreams in the 21st feel. She flirts with the idea that staying is perhaps more destiny than chance. Angus is convinced the healer from the future is his Fate, and he’s determined to have her for keeps. He just has to persuade her they’re destined, and their love is worth fighting for.
Diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis, a teenage boy is paralyzed from head to toe—trapped in his own mind. To cope with his imprisonment, he retreats to an imaginary world called his Mind Palace, but the lines between reality and time start to blur when he receives a new roommate—an old, outspoken, Jewish jazz musician with dementia.
“All things are composed of patterns...” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross: In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him... In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord... In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.
The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn't be more different. Bakari is a brilliant scholar wizard who's more at home in a library than a battlefield. Alli is a beautiful young battle wizard whose grace in battle is both enchanting and deadly. Roland is a counselor wizard with a seemingly limitless depth of untapped power -- and the ego to match it. As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom of Alaris from dangerous outsiders begins to fail, and a fomenting rebellion threatens to divide the country in a civil war, the three wizards are thrust into the middle of a power struggle. When the barrier comes down, the truth comes out. Was everything they were taught about their kingdom based on a lie? Will they all choose to fight on the same side, or end up enemies in the battle over who should rule Alaris?
Captain Murdoch has the chance of a lifetime in his grasp…or is it just a fool’s errand? Zale “the Gale” Murdoch, one of the greatest seafaring merchants in the kingdom of Tuscawny, is at the top of his game. No one has reached the guild’s grandmaster status in generations, and he’s but one job away, with his biggest rival right on his heels. When a mysterious stranger approaches him with information that will seemingly ensure his success, Zale is tempted. The mission: to retrieve the Grimstone, a mythical artifact obscured by the shadows of history and religious folklore…an object of immeasurable value…if it’s real. The journey to find out could cost him more than his reputation and a leisurely retirement. He’ll have to battle dark magic on a perilous voyage to the hostile land where the Grimstone is reportedly hidden…a land very few sailors return from alive. Starlina Murdoch, Zale’s estranged daughter, wants nothing to do with the sea. But Jensen, the boy she loves, is a member of her father’s crew and determined to make a career as a sailor. As she becomes unexpectedly entangled with her father’s voyage, she must find her bearings amongst the crew and decide for herself where her dreams truly lead. Join Zale, Starlina, Jensen, and the rest of Murdoch’s Mates on an epic adventure of daring, danger, and magic in this first installment of the “Heroes of Time” series.
Twelve-year-old Bibi Blundermuss is terrified of trees. Being around them makes her dizzy and sick to her stomach—even comatose. So, when her only to chance to find her missing parents means climbing a magic tree in the forest near her home, she almost doesn’t take it. When Bibi grits her teeth and scales the trunk, the tree grows—so violently that she and her cat Eek are catapulted into another world. Here, she befriends a herd of elk, on the run from a pack of vicious white lions. And she discovers, to her amazement, that her mother is a witch who has been protecting the elk with a poison flower spell, which keeps the lions away. Yet the longer Bibi stays in the world of the elk and lions, the less sure she is that her mother is truly on the elks’ side—or even on Bibi’s side. In the end, a dangerous journey into the lions’ lair and a reunion with both parents uncovers a secret that changes Bibi’s life forever. Drawn into an epic snowbound battle against an army of zombie trees, she must face her greatest fear to discover her greatest power.
From the author of the fantasy thriller Thief of Destiny and the bone-crunching sword and sorcery novella WAR PIGS sails a breakneck tale of adventure on the high seas and the devils waiting beneath it! Already a legend among the corsairs of the Silver Coast, Captain Ngala of The Gamka and his cutthroats ply the Mirror Sea for glittering spoil, threading between the vengeance of the unforgiving ocean and the justice of the western empires always at their back. On the run after a night raid, success is in reach when his ship is moored in the mysterious Shallow Bay. The crew’s terror multiplies as the dreaded song of a deadly brine-singer echoes across the waves, summoning a terrifying monster from the depths. Against the murderous onslaught of the horrific beast and the mystery of the enchanted singer, Ngala must stem a rising mutiny as desperation and bloodshed spawns fear and betrayal. Every secret, no matter how deep, must be unearthed to end the curse of Shallow Bay. With his ship, crew, and very family at stake, how far will Ngala go to rescue everyone and everything he loves? For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Conan the Barbarian, voyage deep into the epic unknown in The Curse of Shallow Bay!
Nora has visions of horrific things. Things that lurk in the shadows and feast on bones. After moving with her mother into an old farmhouse, Nora discovers a blank journal that fills itself with an ominous warning. A cursed beast is coming for her, and time is running out. When the lunar blood moon rises, so shall the beast. Local teen, Rebel, has his own trepidations about the house. His parents, both paranormal scientists, were investigating it when they died under mysterious circumstances. His growing feelings for Nora motivate him to battle the ghosts of his past, if it means keeping her safe. Allies to turn to enemies. Fiction turns to fact. The past and the present collide. All in an epic battle to claim unfathomable power. Can Nora unlock the secrets buried within the farmhouse in time to save herself and those dear to her from a grisly fate?
When a young crippled orphan finds himself caught on the wrong side of town by a group of highborn youths, his life is forever changed. Left for dead after a vicious attack, Lyric finds himself in the care of a witch. One who knows more about him than he does. With the old witch's help, Lyric will learn his true place in life, one far more interesting and dangerous than his old life as a street rat. Lyric will meet two young women who play intricate roles in deciding his future, will it be love or destiny? All the while a dark shadow is crossing the land ... Dragons have returned.