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Is it just a foul-mouth heckler or is this the first step in a clever casino heist? This is the story of the collapse of one of those empires. Lisa is adrift—searching for connection on social media to compensate for the absence of love and attention in her marriage. Could giving up all control be the secret to finding the serenity she longs to have?

It particularly appeals to women of a certain age who might have played around a little online, if you know what I mean. If you wanted to like 50 Shades, but the terrible writing and flat characters and ridiculous behavior and stereotypes turned you off, Entropy could be your new favorite book.

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Seriously, look at the reviews on Amazon. This book has a BIG emotional impact on a lot of women. A steampunk alternate Victorian Era filled with dangers and decisions that cut to the heart of a person. Note: Secrets , the first book, is free in eBook. A fugitive because of her innate ability to transform machinery into what it wants to be, Sam is on the run. She stows away on a steamship bound, Sam believes, for the Continent, where places exist for special people like her.

Curiosity and self-preservation set him to finding the cause despite what it could cost him. Thanks, John, for this opportunity. Time travel! Interracial lesbian romance! Dara, a computer programmer from Chicago, is visiting London when she opens a door in an Edwardian house and slips into Edwardian England. Agnes, a beautiful London shop girl, takes in the bewildered 21st century American lesbian, but, as Dara begins to accept that she is stuck in , she also begins to accept that she has feelings for Agnes that go beyond gratitude.

And the longer Dara stays, the harder Agnes finds it to hide her growing love for the accidental time traveller from the future. Will they overcome grief and prejudice to acknowledge their true feelings for one another? Or will Dara be snatched back to the 21st century before they can express their love?

A mile pilgrimage, an unprepared office worker, and everything that went wrong along the way. Age twenty-eight and fed up with the office job he settled for, Paul Barach decided to travel to Japan to follow a vision he had in college: to walk the ancient mile Shikoku pilgrimage trail. Award-winning author Sharon Joss writes science fiction, fantasy and horror. Earth Alliance starship captain Jon Hendrik barely escapes death at the hands of the Star Rebellion, and vows to defeat it! Rachel Adero, a young woman scarred by poverty, joins the Star Rebellion to fight for the destruction of the Alliance!

Meanwhile, the ruler known only as the Eminence is pulling the strings on both sides of the conflict! And just for fun, I threw in a little cosmic horror. Ten thousand years ago, a powerful race called the Overseers took primitive humans and scattered them on dozens of worlds across the galaxy. Now, some of those people have developed space flight and found their way back to Earth. Anna Lenai is a Justice Keeper: an officer of the law tasked with protecting her people from the most serious threats. While pursuing a criminal who stole an alien symbiont, she stumbles across Earth and is stranded here.

Her parents are celebrated scholars. Bangaluru Agnivesh Kirthi is teetering on the edge. Avinashini, Fleet helped prevent the genocide of the zhizhu, and began the long process of rebuilding the genocide-decimated Horns of Tau Ceti. Fifty-three years ago, they located the last vestiges of the Manifest Destiny movement and ended its two decades of multi-species terrorism. Kirthi, their granddaughter, tries to eke out a living in the obsolete, salvaged Rani Lakshmi Bai. Her dishonorable discharge from Fleet and the death she caused haunt her.

Fleet Admiral Idanha keeps her from finding a future. Her grandmother, rigid and distant, is no help, and a friend of the zhizhu to boot. The unraveling threads lead Kirthi to the unstable flare star Zhu Rong, where she must reconcile past , present and future.

Along the way, he illegally detains Lt. Urwah Grunon, Fleet Marine, and Lt. Commander B. The puzzle begins to come together as the zhizhu lurk and genocide begins. Now Manifest Destiny seeks to launch its biological weapons against the spidery zhizhu, voracious and uncommunicative competitors for the rare Earth-like worlds in local space. They will do what they must to interfere with genocide, even of the zhizhu. Fleet fighter pilot B. Written by and for those who love the genre — pushing boundaries, asking questions, demanding answers, and even providing some. Bringing back the best of Pulp!

The stories in this volume range from the deeply thought-provoking such as Death of a Universe by Lacerant Plainer , through the heartbreaking Perfect by Chris Dangerfield , through classic hard-sf such as Salvage by M. Kobernus and Nothing At All by H.

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Released Nov 27th Is it possible to have a lasting relationship with a monster? What kind of decision would you make if you were given the chance for an immortal life? LEECH is an investigation of flipped power dynamics, a relationship with a literal monster, and what it might mean to become something that horrifies you. River Characters is a collection of essays, anecdotes, and as the subtitle states, deep thoughts and shallow stories about fly fishing. Hopefully one day my NaNoWriMo flailings will result in a worthwhile novel or seventeen, but for now I hope you enjoy my fly fishing books.

After fighting giant monsters for a thousand years, a sentient guard tower is set to go to heaven with his soulmate. But for reasons unknown, the lovers are reborn as lowly humans living inside the Towers they once operated. Separated by thousands of miles and trapped within menageries of horror, only a profound transformation of mind and body can reunite them. My book on onscreen editing i. No time limit on this offer remind me that I said this if I forget!!!

There he finds not only his new fortune, but a new past that comes complete with intrigue and violence that can change the nature of how humans live among the known worlds. Huge thanks to Mr. Scalzi for this opportunity. Best Left in the Shadows A Highside girl found dead on the docks. A magistrate out for justice. Alys knows where to find the answers, but is she willing to pay the price? Best Left in the Shadows is a noir fantasy tale from Gelineau and King. Are noir mysteries with a strong comedy element your thing? Read on…. As secretary to a private eye, she knows shorthand and typing are only a part of the job—and the job just might kill her.

And please post a review—good, bad, or indifferent—after reading! You can order signed copies directly from me until Dec. Armed with her wit and charm, Clara can usually talk her way out of any troubles. Now that Clara has joined his crew, she must decide whether to trust her new friends before the secrets of her past are used to tear the pilots apart. LARCOUT —Cursed with the magic of mind control, one woman will unravel a legacy of treason to save or destroy the nation that damned her family.

The delicate spiritual balance between the Mendaihu and the Shenaihu is threatened when a renegade adept sets off a ritual that escalates a mass enlightenment well before the human race is ready for it. In the process, he has also awakened the One of All Sacred much earlier than anyone expected. Caren Johnson and Alec Poe, two Allien Relations agents, are assigned to find an stop this leader, but as they learn more about his ritual and its aftereffects upon the citizens of Bridgetown, it becomes a bigger race to keep the global enlightenment under control before it turns into another all-out spiritual war.

They must not only come to terms with a changed city, but the change within themselves, and what it means to be a part of a new concsiousness. Available in e-book for only 99 cents! Blight Haven — Book Three of the Founders Gifts Series: Criminal investigators make a video of the bloody aftermath of the murders at the Bright Haven Academy, implicating Queen Adriana, and present this evidence to a gathering of world leaders.

After seeing video technology for the first time, these shocked leaders immediately declare war on the young Queen. Unaware, Adriana leaves on a mission to meet these same leaders. She hopes to expose the evil genetic tampering of a group of scientists who call themselves the Purists. When ambushed and facing certain defeat, she uses her nanite-powered camouflage to escape into the wilderness, hoping they will spare her wounded guards.

Alone, she cannot prove her innocence. She needs real people with real power, if just one person would look at the facts of the case, there might be a chance to prove her innocence and reveal the real threat posed by the Purists. What happens next, will alter the course of humanity forever in this action packed adventure complete with mutant monsters, young love, and a secret mission behind enemy lines. None of them knows her last boyfriend died a year and a half ago, or that she still blames herself for it.

An old rival remembers, though, and she holds a grudge. One tie-in short story is available, with a second slated for a holiday release, but neither of those have any magical elements. They deal with events outside the main narrative, and can be read independently. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market.

Where Monsters Lie- Trenton Rennick is a mover who just wants to get paid, but this latest job will have him working for his biggest paycheck yet, his life. If you like shotguns, robots, and banter, then this is the story for you. Other Tales: Lighthouse to the Depths- Amber is driven to find out what made her husband go mad, and will stop at nothing to find out the truth that lies under the cold waves of Europa. This book is better than sex—allegedly. In which case, YOU should write a book.

But I digress…. For hundreds of years, once-human creatures called ravinors, who possess an insatiable hunger for human flesh, have plagued the Empire of Styr. Three times during that span of years, human forces had all but eradicated the infectious man-like monsters. And three times they have returned. This time, only twenty years after the last Ravinor War, the creatures are back, but now they have become even more deadly.

Led from behind-the-scenes by the mysterious Ravinor Queen, infected humans find themselves in a battle for their souls and control over their bodies in a dream world inhabited by the one known as the Shadowman. The Ravinor Queen has been planning her opening gambit for centuries, and now the time is right for vengeance and the subjugation of the human race, once and for all. The battle is only just beginning; each side must vie to destroy the other in this tale for ultimate survival—or extinction. Book 3, left out in the cold.

Ok, I wanted it that way but still. Pop Quiz: ever read Sci-Fi Romance? You should try it. My hope is that your gift will make them feel loved and will indeed let them know they are not alone. Or anyone who knows anyone who has. So pretty much everyone. Traditional but small, Kalos Press. Looking for chick lit with superheroes and supervillains? Light romance with heists? Look no further! And worst of all, her thirtieth birthday is right around the corner. But everything changes the day she runs into Nate—a chance encounter with a handsome stranger that turns her quiet life upside down and throws her into the middle of a world of heroes, villains, and adventure.

And somehow, that last part is the thing that makes her the most nervous. You can find both at my Amazon author page. And we all know everyone likes pictures with their words. Three writers collaborated to write one short story each. Then we handed those stories to one another and wrote our own interpretations. We ended up with nine awesome stories: superheros, djinns, and drug dealers all make an appearance. In other words, something for everyone. And beautiful illustrations from three talented artists to boot. We want everyone to be happy. Fragments is a collection of short stories set surrounded with beautiful illustrations.

Some horror, some dark fantasy, all guaranteed to bring you somewhere dark before finding just that little spark of redemption. Self published and printed in Worcester, MA, this book is my first foray into the world of printing and publishing, and with enough support looks to become a yearly series, focusing on local artists and writers. Political prisoners, executed and reanimated to man a colossal whaling ship on an oceanic deathworld. Our box set of 26!

The Crimson Claymore was a featured book for over 2 years on Wattpad with over two and a half million reads and 17, votes. The brave warrior Searon is haunted by the deaths of his wife and children at the hands of the savage reptilian draeyks, who are on a bloodthirsty rampage. He walks the land of Calthoria alone and thirsty for vengeance. He hunts the creatures down one by one, showing no mercy.

But Searon is a one-man army—and no match for the legions of murderous draeyks. Lucky for him, the powerful wizard Karceoles finds him during his travels and enlists Searon in this coming war. Karceoles believes Searon can unite the races to defeat the draeyks once and for all. Searon discovers he can do more damage with Karceoles and a band of warriors they find along the way.

But as the war rages in earnest, Searon must make a choice: Is it more important to destroy the draeyks at all costs, or will his quest for vengeance endanger the lives of his new brothers and sisters at arms? Fantastic and vivid descriptions of the world and characters alike. Plenty of gritty action and soft-hearted moments to keep the most distracted eyes glued to its pages. I write modern vampires, no angst, no sparkle, via my small press. Book one: turning night: Sascha the vamp has to make some difficult choices to regain his freedom and that of his friends and lovers.

Vasilissa is accustomed to spending her days in a world of eternal summer, but when her carelessness causes harm to a human being, she is exiled to the human world. Vasilissa tries to keep herself aloof, but as she interacts with men and women and learns about their struggles, cares, and bravery, she begins to care more than she thought possible.

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But Vasilissa is not the only magical being in that world, and it will take all of her strength, wits, and magic to survive. The ancient witch Baba Yaga, and her servant, Koschei, are intent on ruling the world with blood magic. A Circle of Salt is inspired by Russian folktales, retold as a fantasy epic. My novel, A Test of Honor , is about a Knight from a planet with a Medieval culture who returns to his home after three years fighting in a galactic war to find his land stolen, his family murdered, and his closest friends unwilling to help.

As he joins an outlaw band and trains them into an army to take the land back, he uncovers a family secret that shakes him to the core and threatens to engulf his entire world in the fires of civil war. If you love cats and science fiction, this is the collection for you!

Nothing to see here. Something strange is happening in the Sea of Cortez. Whales are beaching for no apparent reason and the local hammerhead shark population, previously believed to be fished to extinction, has suddenly reappeared. Marine biologists Maria Quintero and Kevin Hoyt have come to investigate with a television producer in tow, hoping to get footage that will land them a reality TV show.

The plan is to have a stand-off against a notorious illegal shark-fishing captain and then go home. There is something new in the waters of the Sea of Cortez. Something smart. Something huge. Something that has its own plans for Quintero and Hoyt. Henry Schmitt wants nothing more than a quiet life and a daily ration of instant noodles. At least until he learns the terrible secret that drove his father away—the Plague that killed his mother and ravaged his country was created by those now in power.

He has one chance to help expose the conspiracy: a ragtag band of rebels needs a pilot for their hot air balloon, where they can launch a broadcast revealing the truth. If Henry accepts, he can experience his dream of flight. But he would have to leave his safe, tranquil life behind … and bring the wrath of a corrupt government upon his head.

Professor Jo Asheberry must keep her family alive during the undead apocalypse. Her battle is with carnivorous decaying zombies, hooded zombie crushing giants, human cults with their assault rifles, and a volcano-eyed humongous bat monster which sweeps the night sky. And somewhere, secreted back in the forest, the vampires have been taking the surviving humans—apparently to breed. Set in the lush mysteries of the Pacific Northwest landscape, Z vs V is one wild thriller of the zombiecalypse.

Chloe Cole only wants to cosplay in her Temporary Superheroine uniform at the Chicago comicon, but when the evil Mistress Miraculous threatens massive disaster, Chloe has to step up and fight. Chloe Cole: Reluctant female superhero, possessor of the Dimensional Diamond, strong female protagonist, snarky twenty-six-year-old with boyfriend and career issues.

Roland Kirby: Eager comics fanboy, dependable partner in superhero adventures, ex-boyfriend who keeps pushing. Eric Wood: Ruthless comic book company CEO, questionably honest lover and confidant, man with a past. Jovial Jerry Fine: Beloved elderly icon of the comic book world, benign but skeptical participant in fast-paced adventures. Mistress Miraculous: Tries to destroy the comicon any way she can. Marie Severin: Real-life brilliant comic book artist and all-round great gal who asked to be in this book.

Amanda Evans believes she escaped her homeworld six months ago, married to her beloved Dai. Her grandparents say Dai was killed in an explosion eight months ago. Who knows the truth? Fourth in my series of holiday collections, and has references to two of my novels, but definitely stands alone. Many thanks for this opportunity! If your looking for more of the same old thing, this is the wrong novel for you. I bent the typical thriller toward literary as the following snippets from various reviews explain. This is a great thriller with a soul. Stu and Angie are the quintessential mature couple that has allowed their diverging life goals to gradually pull them apart.

In the opening chapter, this all too common especially in real life tale of the imploding mature relationship explodes into the extraordinary when Stu discovers that Angie is concealing a death threat. But this murderer lives half a world away. Obsessed with catching this monster, Angie plunges them both into a web of global intrigue where every cultural truth they hold dear seemingly becomes just another well-told lie.

Yet, as the story unfolds, Stu and Angie discover that the worst lies are not the lies the world tells us, but the lies we tell ourselves. In the end, with every lie exposed, the Pierces find that the only truth that really matters is love. How strong is their love? Will it be enough? And perhaps, most importantly, can they endure? In a world now over-run with the walking dead, he feels even more out of place than usual. For a limited time, Part 1 is available for free at Smashwords:. Part 2 will be released within a few months, so keep an eye out for that also.

In the mean time, you can follow the progress of my other project, a serialized superhero story at Quillaria. During a period of extreme loneliness, she creates a dream world she calls the Surine in her imagination. Her and her new friends create a group called the Dreamweavers. Cameron Jones is a semi-famous writer.

His ex-wife is moving away to Europe with their daughter. And that foul-mouthed, goldfish hallucination that keeps bugging him is no help at all. Neither is his buddy Dogwater Hunt, an alien abductee with a pathological fear of holiday lights. The third member of this trio is St. Nick himself, who is sort of suffering a mid-career crisis and walks off the job. The three men are thrown together and — of course — have to save Christmas by saving themselves.

Happy holidays! Take a heartwarming journey with year-old author, Madison Strempek, as she candidly depicts her life experience of living with her father in jail. Through her eyes, you will live the heartbreak of her life changing news, discover how she survives with her embarrassing secret, and ultimately finds resolution and strength in understanding everyone makes mistakes. She skillfully helps the reader maneuver through difficult times by providing opportunities to reflect with blank pages of doodle space, letter writing ideas, and helping the readers find their inner champion.

A: Read A Wing and a Prayer and find out! Suddenly given the powers of an ancient Sumerian goddess, Sheena Gardner, a young Wisconsin game warden, must learn to use them properly before the superpowered villain who covets those powers kills her or her husband.

In order to adapt, she must stretch and test her own limits while her husband, Eric, has to learn to deal with a very different dynamic of risk, responsibility, and power in their relationship. In the process, Sheena learns of the real reason she was given the powers and has to discover and foil a plot not just against her, but against civilization itself. Thanks and a tip of the hat to John Scalzi for encouraging other authors and providing a forum!

Madeleine and the Mists. Enchanted pools, shadowy dragons, wolves that spring from the mists and vanish into them again, paths that are longer, or shorter, than they should be, given where they went. And all his men fall with him, including her husband. A Diabolical Bargain. When his father attempts to offer him to a demon in a deal, the deal rebounded on him, and Nick survives — but all the evidence points to his having made the deal. Now he really wants to learn wizardry. Even though the university, the best place to master it, is also the place where he is most likely to be discovered.

Curses And Wonders. Enchantments And Dragons. Twentieth-century soldier Charles Clee is trapped nearly 1,, years in the future, a world where anti-gravity airships hunt resurrected dinosaurs, subterranean mutants train genetically-engineered monsters as gladiators, and the Earth suffers under the yoke of an alien race.

Searching for the fabled last time machine, which could take him home, Clee must decide whether to return and stand by his own country in his own time—or remain and follow the path that could set all of mankind free. Whichever he chooses, a world may die. Magic And Secrets. A woman, sent to a far off duchy, finds a mysterious wolf haunting the forest, and learns there are secrets no one even suspects. Playing with props for amateur theatricals has more consequences than any of those doing it dream.

Chunnel Surfer II: A town mysteriously empty except for silent, lumbering horrors and a teenager with a secret; a coven of witches trying to survive on a battleship; a dragon in the grass; a house with a few extra rooms; a game of zombie that gets a little out of hand; a man who keeps his town whole by walking; a haunted library; a world shattered by a cosmic accident; fairies, ogres, grandmothers, cats, hustlers, vampires, detectives, queens, murderers, time travelers; poetry, drama, comedy, mystery, biography, video game, horror!

Life happens as a series of seemingly unconnected events. Fiction however has to make sense.

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Until now. Chunnel Surf the realities of a cast of thousands in this novel that dares to tamper with the rules — or reality itself. Take care, one of the cast just might be YOU. It might even be dangerous. This book is not a sequel. Amazon Kindle edition. Check out the Ravensblood series! Award-winning urban fantasy set in an alternate-universe version of Portland, OR and environs.

Therefore, Ravensblood hit the spot quite nicely for me. If you like SciFi, check out the Universe in Flames saga, 2 books currently in the series, action oriented epic Space Opera with lots of space battles but also some fantasy and mythology thrown into the mix. An urban fantasy set in Singapore, complete with wolves, drakes, elves etc. The Myriad in Singapore are the non-human groups living side by side their human counterparts.

Enter the Lang, the Chinese werewolves who long since settled on the island. Jan Xu, mother, daughter and wolf, is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind of politics. Will she remain strong? I have a geeky, feminist romance for sale, self-published but fully edited by a professional.

It was written for feminist, lefty nerds like me who like sex scenes and find traditional romances to be skeevy in so many ways. Thank you for the opportunity. College senior Aaron Jace is ready to start life in the real world. After the unexpected death of his grandfather, Aaron finds an unbelievable note that will change his world. The unknowing descendent of an ancient and powerful family, Aaron is thrust into a struggle that began long ago and will reach across worlds to pull him into the fight.

When he learns of the world of Safanar, it seems to be the stuff of legends: dragons, castles, and technologically-advanced cities. With the help of an imprisoned Safanarion guardian, two mystical swords, and a puzzling family heirloom, Aaron must journey from Earth to find the fabled land of his ancestors. The Road to Shandara is the first book in an epic fantasy series that features fast-paced action, compelling characters, and a breathtaking world that will make you want to snatch up the whole series. This is not your traditional fantasy novel. Grab the first book in your next fantasy series today!

The beautiful paperback edition is the perfect gift for women who love to read fantasy with a touch of romance. And, with Kindle MatchBook, your gift recipient can get the ebook edition for free! Smashwords offers a variety of ebook formats. Does your gift recipient not own a Kindle? No problem! You can read the ebook on computers and mobile devices!

In an s-esque world, where our fairy tales and rhymes are their real world events and people, a secret society has sent an agent to steal the first steam engine plans from master inventor, and grandfather, Nikolas Klaus. His granddaughter, Tee, and her two best friends, Elly and Richy, get caught in the middle as they learn that the world outside their small mountain village is nothing but simple. The series gets more intense as it goes, like Harry Potter.

Book Series Trailer available at: AdamDreece. It follows the adventures of a teen from 43rd century Wyoming as he joins the Junior Rangers and goes to school during a time when the Earth-Alpha Centauri Alliance is on the verge of joining the Galactic Confederation. The Sojourn Anthologies feature my Seven Galaxies short stories about a universe where humans are enslaved and treated like cattle. The few free humans that exist try to find others to help them fight against their oppressors.

Eclison Tavares Jorge Machado thought he had it all. As one of the youngest Unit Leaders in all of KemVar Acquisitions, he had a steady paycheck, a challenging job, and the respect of his superiors and peers. As enemies become temporary allies, what starts off as a simple, if unorthodox, mission holds ramifications that, if left unchecked, could tear KemVar apart. For science fiction, I offer the recently available Bodyguard of Lies : On a future world where corporations have all but taken over the rule of law, Sabra makes her living as a star of arena combat.

A rival corp has been interfering with the exclusive deal Vuest has to distribute a particular drug. See the cover and find the buy links here on my blog. River Corners is an ordinary college town. It has the typical town-gown divide, the quaint shops, and the diner where everyone goes to grab a quick bite to eat. It has a Christmas pageant every year, children who carol, and enough quirky characters to fill a graveyard. You can check out an excerpt and find buy links here on my other blog.

Learn about coffee! Do some fun, easy experiments! Get tricked into learning about chemical engineering! This is actually the lab manual for a very popular coffee class at UC Davis, but it doubles as an at-home guide. If you love coffee, or science, or both, this is for you. What many of our most brilliant physicists have long suspected is, in fact, true: beyond our universe, there are limitless others in mind-boggling variety. But humanity had never realized that the secret to those worlds was beneath its feet.

Using their linking books, they built an empire that spanned dimensions. Its glory was ended abruptly a few centuries ago, and their city has stood empty. Small groups of humanity have discovered the secret of the Deep City. Some have come to explore, and others have come to exploit. Others look out to the Ages, the universes suddenly open to them, and see opportunity and hope. Through art and words it tells the story of a romantic history that could have been, through the eyes of a robot protagonist. Fifteen minutes of fame is all Isa Maxwell needs to solve her financial woes and win back Brad, the love of her life.

What she does have, however, is determination and sheer luck. She soars up the corporate ladder and is offered opportunities to change the corporate marketing strategy and renegotiate a major merger. Meanwhile, she seems to attract attention of new love interests — a hot cop, a mysterious neighbor, the billionaire himself, and even her best girl Tara. Can Isa survive the tough world of corporate intrigue and constant looming bodily harm? Or will her persistence cause the end of Shizzle, Inc and possibly her life?

Widdle Marty returns, drunker and more deranged, to tell another Delhi story about love, loss and people named after arachnids. On sale right now for just. Or science fiction! Basically, I love the books of Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and wrote something they might enjoy. But past glory has curdled to rot, and the city is sliding into decadence and depravity. Brave and resourceful, Pashera risks everything to find freedom and true love at the dawn of time. Will she succeed … or will she end up another nameless and bloody stain on the sand?

I hope you enjoy it. The novel I self-published this year, Circle Unbroken. A blend of sci-fi setting with formal, ritual magic. Then do I have a book for you! The Secret Science Society is a chapter book filled with ten different experiments that you can do at home using things that you probably already have eggs, bicycle pumps, beans.

And, instead of being just a cookbook for experiments, this book shows the fun of science by asking you to join Mary and Peter as they do the experiments. Read along as they ask questions, make predictions, and then see what the answer is! In this book, Mary and Peter will discover what it feels like to be in space, how to make rainbows in the backyard, and how to do something impossible. Grab your friends and join in on the fun! This is a self published novella I put out this fall.

Fans of grimdark, sword and sorcery, and epic fantasy, should definitely take a look. In the ruined wastes of the once great empire of Ildestra, three knights hunt a fugitive. Taren Chem, once a noble hero of the empire, has fallen into irrelevancy. When an old acquaintance comes looking for the old knight to join the hunt, Taren jumps at the chance to relive the glory of his youth.

Little does he know what darkness or terror the quest will bring. Old wars were fought in the Aesillian Wastes, wars of sorcery and forgotten power, and it is a power which lingers still. As the knights begin their hunt, others move about the wastes, prisoners and guards, captives and prey. Two monks escort a giant to his execution, while once bound witches scour the sands for living souls. A Wee Murder in My Shop. Fran Stewart. Competition Can Be Murder. Connie Shelton. Death of a Chocoholic. Lee Hollis. Pies and Prejudice. Ellery Adams.

French Pastry Murder. Wicked Autumn. Mistletoe Murder. An Unwilling Accomplice. Charles Todd. A Catered Fourth of July. Threads of Evidence. Lea Wait. Scene of the Climb. Kate Dyer-Seeley. Caught Dead Handed. Carol J. Sandy Claws Slay. Barton Grover Howe. Criminal Confections. Colette London. Ice Cream Murder. Leighann Dobbs. Staged to Death. Karen Rose Smith.

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Musseled Out. By Cook or by Crook. Maya Corrigan. Knot in My Backyard. Mary Marks. Clammed Up. The Icing on the Corpse. To Helen Back. Susan McBride. Deadly Decor. A Slice of Murder. Chris Cavender. The Corn Maze Murders. Sara Penhallow. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information.

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In less than five minutes the blinker on the truck was flashing and she followed him as he made a right turn at a mailbox. The drive was short and bumpy, the road full of pot holes, but it quickly opened up into a clearing. The truck made a wide circle in the clearing so he could leave again, which left Mel to pull right up to… A hovel! This was no adorable little cottage.

It was an A-frame with a porch all right, but it looked as though the porch was only attached on the one side while the other end had broken away and listed downward. The shingles were black with rain and age and there was a board nailed over one of the windows. It was not lit within or without; there was no friendly curl of smoke coming from the chimney.

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

The pictures were lying on the seat beside her. She blasted on her horn and jumped immediately out of the car, clutching the pictures and pulling the hood of her wool jacket over her head. She ran to the truck. He rolled down his window and looked at her as if she had a screw loose. She showed him the picture of the cute little A-frame cottage with Adirondack chairs on the porch and hanging pots filled with colorful flowers decorating the front of the house. It was bathed in sunlight in the picture.

She said I could have the house rent free for a year, plus salary. But this—? She raised her voice to be heard above the rain. And certified nurse midwife. Seems like you shoulda come up here and look the place over and meet the doc before making up your mind. Headlights bounced into the clearing as an old Suburban came up the drive. Good luck. Actually he cackled as he drove out of the clearing.


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Mel stuffed the picture under her jacket and stood in the rain near her car as the Suburban parked. It was pretty well splashed up, but it was still obvious it was an older model. The driver trained the lights on the cottage and left them on as the door opened. Out of the SUV climbed this itty bitty elderly woman with thick, springy white hair and black framed glasses too big for her face. She pitched a cigarette into the mud and, wearing a huge toothy smile, she approached Mel. Completely unruffled, Mrs.

I meant to get over here yesterday, but the day got away from me. You said it was adorable! Precious is what you said! Do you want to stand in the rain or go inside and see what we have? Without comment, the little white-haired sprite stomped up the three steps and onto the porch. McCrea had. Rather, she tested it gingerly.

It had a dangerous slant, but appeared to be solid in front of the door. A light went on inside just as Mel reached the door. Immediately following the dim light came a cloud of choking dust as Mrs. McCrea shook out the tablecloth. It sent Mel back out onto the porch, coughing. Once she recovered, she took a deep breath of the cold, moist air and ventured back inside. McCrea seemed to be busy trying to put things right, despite the filth in the place. She was pushing chairs up to the table, blowing dust off lampshades, propping books on the shelf with bookends. Mel had a look around, but only to satisfy her curiosity as to how horrid it was, because there was no way she was staying.

There was a faded floral couch, a matching chair and ottoman, an old chest that served as a coffee table and a brick and board bookcase, the boards unfinished. Only a few steps away, divided from the living room by a counter, was the small kitchen. The refrigerator and oven doors stood open, as did most of the cupboard doors. The sink was full of pots and dishes; there were stacks of dusty dishes and plenty of cups and glasses in the cupboards, all too dirty to use.

She went to the front door and pitched it out into the yard. She shoved her glasses up on her nose as she regarded Mel. That old man in the pick-up had to pull me out of the mud just down the road. Been drinking again is my guess. I have a big house with no room in it—filled to the top with junk. It would take all night to clear off the couch. That husband of hers can be a handful. Then ignoring Mel completely, she went to the refrigerator and stooped to plug it in. The light went on immediately and Mrs.

McCrea reached inside to adjust the temperature and close the door. She felt a lot safer here than in the house where her hostess would be lighting a gas water heater. She had a passing thought that if it blew up and destroyed the cabin, they could cut their loses here and now. Once in the passenger seat, she looked over her shoulder to see the back of the Suburban was full of pillows, blankets and boxes.

Supplies for the falling-down house, she assumed. But then, at first light…. A few minutes passed and then Mrs. McCrea came out of the cottage and pulled the door closed. No locking up. Mel was impressed by the agility with which the old woman got herself into the Suburban. She put a foot on the step, grabbed the handle above the door with one hand, the arm rest with the other and bounced herself right into the seat. She had a rather large pillow to sit on and her seat was pushed way up so she could reach the pedals.

Without a word, she put the vehicle in gear and expertly backed down the narrow drive out onto the road. We got all the most challenging cases and hopeless patients, and did a damn fine job if I do say so myself. By tough, I thought you meant medically. The only thing she really dreaded was owning up to Joey. Plus, she was fascinated by the ease, speed and finesse with which Ms. McCrea handled the big Suburban, bouncing down the tree lined road and around the tight curves in the pouring rain.

She had thought this might be a respite from pain and loneliness and fear. A relief from the stress of patients who were either perpetrators or victims of crimes, or devastatingly poor and without resources or hope. When she saw the pictures of the cute little town, it was easy to imagine a homey place where people needed her. She saw herself blooming under the grateful thanks of rosy-cheeked country patients.

Meaningful work was the one thing that had always cut through any troubling personal issues. Not to mention the lift of escaping the smog and traffic and getting back to nature in the pristine beauty of the forest. The prospect of delivering babies for mostly uninsured women in rural Virgin River had closed the deal. Working as a nurse practitioner was satisfying, but midwifery was her true calling. Joey was her only family now; she wanted Mel to come to Colorado Springs and stay with her, her husband Bill and their three children. Now, in the absence of any better ideas, she would be forced to look for work there.

As they passed through what seemed to be a town, she grimaced again. Damn, this is a big rain. March—always brings us this nasty weather. He makes a lot of house calls, too. They passed a pleasant looking steepled church, which appeared to be boarded up, but at least she recognized it. There was the store, much older and more worn, the proprietor just locking the front door for the night. A dozen houses lined the street—small and old. The street was wide, but dark and vacant—there were no street lights. The old woman must have gone through one of her ancient photo albums to come up with the pictures.

Or maybe she snapped a few of another town. McCrea said.