Editor’s Note: GiFT OF THE DESTROYER is the story of a pregnant woman and a time traveler who set out to save a dying world.
The author is a gifted story teller.
Book Description: The world is slowly dying, and childbirths are becoming increasingly rare. A young pregnant woman discovers a stranger in her barn, who claims to be from the future. She discovers he has magical powers, and is forced to accompany him on his quest to prevent the world from dying.
Readers who love Michael R. Hicks will love this book.
Author’s Inspiration: There were three major influences to writing this book: the movies Children of Men and The Terminator, and the video game Chrono Trigger.
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Jeroen Steenbeeke is often a victim of his over-active imagination. Known among other things for his bizarre dreams and steering conversations in weird directions, he had to find a more productive outlet, which led to writing fantasy books. Jeroen’s books often deal with forces that are beyond the comprehension of the heroes, where technology, forces of nature and magic are often indistinguishable to them.
Editor’s Note: CHAIN GANG ELEMENTARY is a tale of war between a PTA president and a grade-school principal. It’s funny until you realize the schools are *almost* like this.. then it’s not so funny.
Book Description: After a murder at Bonaire Elementary, Richard and Anna Lee Gray seek a good school for their son Nick in a safe neighborhood. Their search leads them to Malliford, a “school of excellence.” When redistricting sends scores of minority students to Malliford, iron-willed Principal Estelle Rutherford declares war on kids to raise test scores and save her reputation. Dissident parents revolt, electing Richard to head the Parent-Teacher Organization, and tensions explode. Welcome to Chain Gang Elementary, home to vast right-wing conspiracies, 3rd-grade gangsters, and bake sale embezzlers–where toxic childhood secrets boil over, reformers go stark raving mad, and culture wars escalate into armed conflict.
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Jonathan Grant is the author of the novels BRAMBLEMAN (winner of the IBPA’s gold Benjamin Franklin Award) and CHAIN GANG ELEMENTARY. His third novel, Party to a Crime, will be published by Thornbriar Press in 2014
Grant grew up on a Missouri farm, came down South, and graduated from the University of Georgia. The former journalist, state government spokesman, PTA president, and soccer coach lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
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The characters are well written and there are surprises and twists that keep the story moving and interesting to the very end.
Book Description: Lady Patience Kendall makes a living bringing young ladies over from America to England with the hopes of finding them titled men to marry. Captain Grant St Benedict is the ship captain who ferried them across the sea and he has never met a woman more infuriating or more desirable than Patience. Does what happens on the high seas, stay on the high seas?
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An adventurer and storyteller at heart, Annette Blair has explored nineteenth-century Amish America; Regency England; and madcap, modern Salem Mass, where bold women follow the Celtic faith with heart. There, she fought dragons, and fell in love with an angel. More recently, she’s taken to solving mysteries beside Connecticut’s Mystic River.
Editor’s Note: THIEVES AT HEART is a character-driven non-romantic coming of age fantasy.
Book Description: Young Tavera has a knack for thieving until the half-elf is caught and abducted by the mysterious ‘Derk the Lurk’. While Tavera fears for her safety Derk the master thief has other plans and begins training the child as his apprentice when he recognizes that she, like him, is a thief at heart.
Author’s Inspiration: The series started when I came up with a character for an RPG campaign my husband was running. My first thought was, ‘A rogue, probably a half-elf…with part of one ear cut off.’ So then I started thinking, ‘Okay, half elf. Who are her parents? How did she become a thief? How did her ear get cut?’ And this turned into Tavera and then Derk came along to help her out. It started as one story and then it turned into over 4-5 complete novels which is the scope of the series right now.
Hi, I’m Tristan and I’m a novelist, comic book writer, and freelance RPG writer. I used to write the weekly column ‘Reality Makes the Best Fantasy’ for the roleplaying site Troll in the Corner. As a fan of speculative fiction the first fantasy book I fell in love with was The Crystal Cave. Originally hailing from New York City, I consider Portland, OR my home and reside with my spouse, Small Boss, a cat that knows it’s a Multipass and Azrael.
MAID FOR THE BILLIONAIRE features plenty of twists and turns along with romance.
I loved Abby’s strong & sassy personality and how she was a match (in more ways than one) for typical Alpha male, Dominic.
Book Description: Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men – until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company.
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Ruth Cardello lives on a small farm in Northern Rhode Island with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two horses, and one cat. If there is a happier place on Earth, she hasn’t found it.
Editor’s Note: In THE BILLIONAIRE’S SECOND-CHANCE BRIDE you get to meet the Romero brothers. They’re hot, sexy, powerful and single!
Book Description: Lucy, heart broken after finding her ex-fiancee cheating, is left with her aunt’s company: Dream Wedding’s incorporated. While planning the wedding for an eccentric billionaire she meets his grandson, steaming hot Antonio. HE had originally walked into her office expecting to force her to shut down her “scammy” business, but when confronted with her sweet face and wounded heart he can’t help but change his mind.
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Shadonna Richards enjoys reading and writing about the magic of romance and the power of love. She has sold over 300,000 copies of her bestselling romance novels, The Bride Series, The Romero Brothers, and Whirlwind Romance Series. Born in London, England, she has a B.A. Degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Nursing. Winner of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write 2010 Day Two Challenge, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America. She’s a proud mommy and wife and lives in Canada with her husband and son.
Editor’s Note: In EVER SHADE, Shade discovers magic and love in the land of Faerie.
Book Description: Shade harbors secret powers. One day she stumbles upon a magical being who leads her into the world of Faerie, where she discovers more about herself and the magic of the world.
Author’s Inspiration: Loving to read fantasy as a young girl and dreaming up a world where the ordinary can turn extraordinary. I had a dream of a man made made of blue fire and electricity and a girl who follows him into the unknown.
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I love to read all day long, live in my fantasy world and believe in unicorns, faeries and magic tricks to get anything done. One day I’ll get there, but in the meantime, I’ll write these fantastical worlds down. I wanted to be an author the moment I could read. Living in the magical worlds others created made me want to do the same for people too. Now, it’s my dream job and I couldn’t be happier.
Editor’s Note: NEW YORK: ALLIE’S War is a prequel novel in the alternate history urban fantasy series, ALLIE’S WAR.
Book Description: New York is a jinx. Nothing good happens there, especially for Allie. As if being stalked, dealing with groupies fawning all over her boyfriend, and nearly getting arrested wasn’t enough, now she is the object of obsession for an end-of-days cult. New York isn’t just a jinx. It may prove to be deadly as well.
Author’s Inspiration: I’d been dreaming about these characters for ages, and actually spent quite a bit of time working out the world and how it differs and intersects with ours. I still have a bit of a love affair going with these characters, and it’s my favorite world and series in which I write.
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I’ve published novels, novellas, serials, graphic novels and short stories, including new adult fantasy series, Allie’s War, new adult science fiction series, The Slave Girl Chronicles, and the Gateshifter series, about a shape-shifting alien and a tough-girl PI from Seattle. I also write nonfiction essays and articles as Jules Okapi, some erotica as Blue Daniels and some children’s fiction as Hunter T. Castle. My short works have been featured in anthologies, online literary, art and fiction magazines as well as print venues such as NY Press and holistic health magazines. I work full time as a writer in Portland, OR.
Editor’s Note: DARK SOUL SILENCED is an epic dark fantasy adventure.
Book Description: A vampire’s existence is ruled by darkness, its fate sealed by its first kill. But what is left when the darkness is burnt from a vampire before it makes that first kill? No one knows. It has never happened. Until now.
With no memories of who he once was, and powers he barely understands, can Daniel survive in a world where all magical powers are viewed as a sign of darkness? Can he convince others that he is free from evil? If he even is …
Author’s Inspiration: I’ve always found the idea of vampires, the old fashioned kind like Dracula, fascinating. Especially the idea that they might not all be mindlessly evil killing machines. The thought of what they had lost haunted me. I imagined them yearning to see one last sunrise, even though it would kill them.
I’ve always loved books and I’ve been a daydreamer all my life. Stories were always popping into my head. I’d play around with them, see where they went… then move on to the next. It was only a few years ago that I thought to write them down. I jotted them in a variety of notebooks and forgot about them. Then, about two years ago, I came across some of those stories. I read them and I realized they were actually really good. That gave me the confidence to push forward with a book of short stories and the full length novels.