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.
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.
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: In development as a film, PULSE is a fast-paced book about a human girl with a special blood that can change vampire existence.
Book Description: Kalina Calloway didn’t know her ex-boyfriend was a vampire until the day he died. Then when his two half-brothers, Jaegar and Stuart Greystone, showed up for his funeral, that’s when things really becomes strange. Armed with only her wits, a sassy mouth, and the strong will to survive; Kalina finds herself the most sought after human by the vampires, and she will do anything to survive.
Author’s Inspiration: When Kailin Gow was at the hospital after losing so much blood, she needed bags for transfusion, she got inspired to write about the preciousness of blood, especially how a being like a vampire does not have any of their own.
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Kailin Gow became an author after being inspired to write an inspirational paranormal book series for middle grade/teens after 9/11. She has since become one of Amazon’s top bestselling authors, having been featured on the homepage as an Author Success story, and had been quoted in the Huffington Post, interviewed on television on ABC News, and been featured internationally on The World Journal. She is the organizer and host of Rockin’ Events – Author Signing Events in some of the biggest cities around the world.
Editor’s Note: LOUISIANA LONGSHOT is full of Southern wit as it follows CIA assassin, Fortune Redding, as she takes on her latest mission in Sinful, Louisiana.
just the right combination of twisted mystery and hilarious characters.
Book Description: What happens when a CIA assassin has to pose as a librarian-former-beauty-queen in a small bayou town? It’s Lara Croft goes to the bayou when Fortune Redding lands in Sinful, Louisiana, and neither the town or Fortune will ever be the same again.
Readers who love Janet Evonovich will love this book.
Author’s Inspiration: I grew up in the bayous of Louisiana and love a good fish-out-of-water story.
Jana DeLeon grew up in the swamps of southwest Louisiana. She’s never been an assassin but some days, she wishes she could be. She loves the inner workings of small towns and thinks they make for great mysteries. Her goal is to make people laugh when they read her books because she believes life without laughter is less than it could be.
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.
Editor’s Note: ARTIFICIAL EVIL (Book of the Techxorcist) is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian thrill ride.
There’s grit, action, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
Book Description: Gerry Cardle is the algorithm designer for the death-lottery, a job he despises. It gets worse when, despite being exempt, his numbers come up. He has just 7 days to live. There’s a rogue AI in the system and he has only one choice: leave his city and go into the abandoned lands in the hope of destroying the AI and saving himself and the remaining population.
Readers who love Neuromancer, Snow Crash, The Matrix, and Blade Runner will love this book.
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COLIN F. BARNES
Colin F. Barnes is a publisher and full-time writer of science fiction and techno thriller and is a member of both the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association. He honed his craft with the London School of Journalism and the Open University (BA, English). Colin has run a number of tech-based businesses, worked in rat-infested workshops, and scoured the back streets of London looking for characters and stories—which he found in abundance.
Editor’s Note: In AWAKEN protecting human souls from paranormal creatures becomes personal for Lucy!
Book Description: A girl, Lucy, dies and becomes a member of the Patronus, guardians of human spirits. Paranormal creatures (vampires/werewolves/fae) steal human souls to create new beings, so the Patronus have to protect the souls from being stolen. Lucy is just learning about this afterlife when a soul that is dear to her becomes endangered.
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Sarah M. Ross
Ms. Ross grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. She will always be a proud member of Steelers Nation, but couldn’t take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find her many days with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!