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March-May New Releases

So many great new books from our group this spring!!

 

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3/1 (RE-RELEASE) – Into Shadow (Shadow and Light Book 1)
by T.D. Shields

She’s nineteen. The President’s daughter. They want her dead.

Poppy’s father may be the President of the North American Alliance, but that just makes her a target for those wishing to topple the regime.

Barely escaping with her life, she must travel across a country ravaged by war and climate change to seek safety amongst a people who only recently opposed her. There she must use every skill learned from her military upbringing to survive terrifying beasts, deadly plant life, and lawless gangs before finally finding a group willing to accept her.

But her peace soon proves to be illusory. It’s not only the government that wants her dead now.

Into Shadow is the first book in the young adult dystopian Shadow and Light series. Fast-paced with great world-building and a strong female protagonist, T.D. Shields has created a book all lovers of young adults dystopian novels will enjoy.

Purchase Into Shadow HERE

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moose-in-the-shower3/2 – A Moose in the Shower
by Elysabeth Eldering

If you were a moose, where would you hide? Where could you hide? Could you hide at all? A moose is in our shower. That’s what Mama said. Now, I have to find it. I’ll look everywhere, even under the bed. What I’ll do when I find it, I don’t know, but I’m going to search and search until I can’t search any more.

Genre: Kids/Picture

Purchase A Moose in the Shower HERE

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umbrae3/1 – Umbrae (The P.A.W.S. Saga Book 3)
by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Purchase Umbrae HERE

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paranormal painless3/8 – Paranormal Painless: A Supernatural World of Stranger Things (A Young Adult Ghost Story)
by Shannon Rieger

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Join Christian Moore in his paranormal world of stranger things. Bewildered by an unexpected, peculiar package and disturbed by its accompanying antagonistic spirits, English teacher Christian Moore is shaken from his carefully crafted, cocooned existence and catapulted into the shocking reality of an unpredictable, haunted and sometimes evil world.

With his own safety and sanity at stake, he must learn to embrace the paranormal when he is confronted by the serial killer of innocent children. To survive, Christian forms unlikely alliances with once feared intruders from the supernatural realm, as well as, a mysterious man with unique insight and abilities.  Just when he thinks he has solved the mystery of his chilling visions, he is propelled into a tomb of water where he is forced to unravel the heartbreaking history buried for years within the confines of those same walls.

While helping the unfortunate, trapped souls, he is compelled to examine his own traumatic past and to risk everything he knows for a life truly worth living.

Will Christian Moore learn why the children haunting his home were murdered? Will he survive the visit from the serial killer? Will he make peace with his past and learn to love better, and therefore, live better?

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Genre: YA/Paranormal
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angel factor3/14 – The Angel Factor (The Cure Series Book 2)
by Tania Hagan

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Genesis Weatherby has been living the life of a fugitive for over three years. Genny, Nat, and their two children have found some comfort in the remote mountain village of Fieldmont, Oregon, where Chosen members, as well as their sympathizers, live inside a forgotten government bunker.

The Genetic Operations Division (GOD) has just named Genny and Nat as their primary targets in the organization’s war against Original births. More importantly, they’ve blamed the couple for the alarming number of cancer cases in recent years.

When the GOD-created deadly Angel virus strikes close to home, Genny devises a dangerous plan to stomp out GOD once and for all.

But, will Nat and their friends go along with her idea? Will Genny be able to live long enough to carry out her dangerous mission? Where can she run when everyone in the world thinks she’s their enemy? In the end, will she really know who’s on her side?

With the fate of the entire planet resting on her shoulders, Genny has to make some life-altering decisions that might lead to the destruction of her entire family. Or, is it already too late for everyone?

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Genre: YA/Dystopian
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Purchase The Angel Factor HERE
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skipping-forward3/14 – Skipping Forward
by Bethany Wicker

What if you could skip forward in time, but never back?

Molly Jacobs has always wished for more time in life. But for Molly, time doesn’t work the same as it does for others because she suffers from time skipping. At least, that’s what she calls it.

From the age of seven, Molly discovers her ability to jump into the future. But it doesn’t come without a price. With each time skip, memories of those seconds, minutes, or hours of her life are lost.

Molly never cared until Rhett enters her life. Now, time has meaning, and as they grow closer together, pieces of their time together disappears. Molly needs to learn discipline and control, before she loses the essence of her life.

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Time Travel

Purchase Skipping Forward HERE

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knew it all3/31 – We Thought We Knew It All
by Michelle Lynn

Much can happen in ten years. People change. Life occurs; death ensues. Secrets are kept; truth prevails.

A decade has passed since Callie and Jamie exchanged goodbyes. At the time, they didn’t realize it might be their final exchange, and they’d disappear from each other’s lives. But that’s exactly what happened. Now, Callie finds herself at a crossroads. Caught between her current life and the longing for her past, she must decide what is best for her.

Jamie has worked hard to make something of himself — to prove his father wrong. Life as an Army Ranger isn’t easy, but it’s who he is down to his core. When everything starts to crumble, he receives news from home that makes him think about his life. Earlier, he vowed never to set foot in Gulf City again. Now, there’s no reason he can’t go home.

Except there is… And her name is California McCoy.

Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance

Purchase We Thoughts We Knew It All HERE

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moss forest orchid3/31 – Moss Forest Orchid (Silver and Orchids Book 1)
by Shari Tapscott

What happens when a feisty adventuress, a lord looking to make his own way in the world, and a handsome sea captain set out to find Kalae’s rarest and most valuable flower?

Trouble — and lots of it.

Lucia needs a job, and she needs one fast. Looting dragon caves hasn’t proven profitable lately, and she’s tired of waiting tables. Her business partner usually finds the work, but Sebastian isn’t speaking with her, and Lucia’s getting desperate.

Luckily, Lucia finds a simple request posted on a community board. All the man wants is an orchid. Nothing to it.

Except the flower only grows in a montane cloud forest in Grenalda… And Lucia must take a ship through sea serpent-infested waters to get there… And her new helpful friend—the one and only, dashing Captain Avery Greybrow—just might be a pirate.

At this rate, Lucia’s not sure if she’ll ever reach the orchid. But she’s determined to try.

Genre: NA/Adventure/Romance

Purchase Moss Forest Orchid HERE

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angels & arrows3/31 – Arrows & Angels (Enlighten Series Book 0)
by Kristin Van Risseghem

OBSERVE. LEARN. BUT DON’T INTERVENE.

Kieran’s job of being a guardian angel is straightforward: observe and learn—and don’t intervene in their lives. But then he watches as his first charge dies at the hands of evil while he does nothing to help.

Overcome with grief and doubt, Kieran flees back to the safety of heaven. With guidance from his mentor, he learns all he can about the Battle of the Fallen and the creation of evil itself. With renewed determination, he vows he will save the Ordinaries in his care.

The rules of being a guardian angel have not changed, but Kieran has. Returning to earth, only Kieran knows how essential it is to find and protect one 17-year-old girl. The girl who can thwart the Devil’s escape from his prison and the start of Armageddon.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Purchase Angels & Arrows HERE

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the other queen4/1 – The Other Queen (The Inheritance Series Book 2)
by Rebecca Jaycox

One world. Two girls. An evil determined to destroy them both.

Reggie has escaped the dark mage, Andrius, and finally made it to her guardian, Rhys. But if she thought things would be easier, fate has other plans.

Her father’s situation is more dire than she first thought, and she learns her mother and best friend are being held hostage by Andrius.

Her dreams are being haunted by the Black Queen, a bizarre, terrified girl begging for Reggie to save her. With her loved ones’ lives hanging in the balance, Reggie and her friends race to devise a plan to defeat Andrius. And the Black Queen could provide the key to breaking the dark mage’s hold on the Other.

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Steampunk

Purchase The Other Queen HERE

 

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pawns4/20 – Pawns (The Wielders of Arantha Book 1)
by Patrick Hodges

Seven hundred years in the future, the Jegg – a powerful alien race – invade Earth, wiping out half of the Terran Confederation.

In a hidden base under the Sahara Desert, a team of scientists works to mount a resistance against the invaders. Their plan is to fit an Earth ship with Jegg folding-space technology, and travel to the other side of the galaxy to find a mysterious energy source… one that could help them defeat the Jegg.

But just before departure, catastrophe strikes. Only two of the crew survive and make it to their destination: the team leader’s wife Maeve, and her teenage son Davin. What they find on the distant planet will forever change both the future of their family and their planet, as they enter a race against time… and against impossible odds.

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Pre-Order Pawns HERE

 

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utopia5/6 – Utopia (Secrets of Aurora Book 1)
by LJ Higgins

In a single moment, Aurora’s life is forever changed…

The floating city Utopia, is all sixteen-year-old Aurora has ever known. Along with three other cities, it is home to the only survivors of the cataclysmic events that ended life on Earth sixteen years ago.

After witnessing her mother’s gruesome murder, Aurora finds herself on the run from the very people who are meant to protect her. With the help of her best friend, Fletcher, Aurora must find the truth behind her mother’s execution and why she is being hunted.

Someone wants the facts to remain hidden, but Aurora won’t stop until each hurtful truth is revealed. When her search takes an unexpected turn, nothing can prepare her for the answers that prove her entire existence has been built on a lie.

The floating city Utopia, is all sixteen-year-old Aurora has ever known. After witnessing her mother’s murder, Aurora finds herself on the run from the very people who are meant to protect her. Someone wants the facts to remain hidden, and nothing can prepare Aurora for the answers that prove her entire existence has been built on a lie.

Genre: YA/Dystopian

Pre-Order Utopia HERE

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Author Spotlight: K.J. McPike

By Michelle Lynn

 

What are the titles of your work and can you tell us a bit about them?

The first book in my Astralis series is XODUS, and it tells the story of Lali Yavari, a girl who discovers she can astral project. She then goes on to use her newfound ability to bargain with a questionable boy who claims he can find her missing mother. The next book is Nemesis (book 1.5) that tells the events before, during, and just after XODUS from said questionable boy’s perspective.

Who’s your favorite character from your books?

It’s always hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I would choose Kai. (Yes, Kai is the aforementioned questionable boy.) I love that he challenges Lali’s black-and-white view of the world and makes her reevaluate right vs. wrong in certain circumstances. I hope he makes readers think twice, too.

kj-mcpikeI’ve never quite read a book like XODUS. That’s huge in a world where everything seems done to death. How did you decide to write about astral projection?

Aw, thank you! Astral projection is a subject that has always fascinated me. Growing up, my mother talked about astral projection a lot, and I latched onto the idea when she mentioned that some people claim they have been able to talk to deceased relatives while projecting. I never quite managed to do it myself (though I tried so hard!), but when the inspiration for XODUS hit and I decided I wanted to write about a bunch of siblings who have various abilities, astral projection was the first one that came to mind. Thanks, Mom!

I won’t give anything away, but in XODUS, the two main characters who everyone expects to fall in love have some major hurdles that may leave the reader not rooting for them until the next book. Most authors want you to immediately fall in love with the characters. Was this a hard decision?

It wasn’t a hard decision at first because it was how the story originally came to me, and I didn’t really picture it going any other way. But when I really started obsessing about the market and what readers seem to love about other books in the genre, I started to second-guess myself. Who doesn’t love two soul mates coming together in a relationship that is undeniably meant to be? But that wouldn’t have been true to my characters, and I think it would have taken away from the story. One of the major themes of the book centers around morality and understanding circumstances, and a major part of Lali’s growth is linked to that. So I kept the story-line as it was, for better or for worse. Here’s hoping readers will forgive me.

The second book in the series is written in quite a unique way. Can you tell us about that without giving any spoilers?

The second book Nemesis—which is technically book 1.5 just to complicate things—was my way of letting Kai have his say. I think his character is easily misunderstood, and when reading from Lali’s perspective, it’s easy to look at him as she does instead of seeing exactly where he’s coming from. Though his actions are questionable from the outside, I think most people in his position would make similar choices. My hope is that readers of Nemesis will recognize the tricky spot Kai is in and question how far they would be willing to go for their own families.

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Were there alternate endings that you considered?

Not with dramatic differences. I struggled with where exactly to end the story, but the major events were pretty much always going to go the way they went. Sorry if that’s a boring answer!

What authors have inspired you to write?

I will forever be in awe of J.K. Rowling and her incredible ability to connect with so many different types of people through her writing. She’s also incredible at world building and planting seeds that seem small at the time but then become huge plot points later. I loved writing before those books came out, but when I decided I wanted to write a book of my own, I definitely had in mind how much I loved reading the Harry Potter series and how I wanted my writing to make reading that enjoyable for someone someday.

What age were you when you started writing?

I started writing stories when I was about ten, shortly after my family purchased a word processor. I thought typing was the coolest thing ever, and I spent countless hours whipping up crazy stories about environmentally conscious whales working to clean up the ocean and baby dinosaurs wreaking havoc on unsuspecting families. I also thought it was super cool to make all my characters’ names rhyme, so yeah…probably not my best work.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

All the time! It’s the worst, but I try to force myself to write anyway, even if what I’m writing has nothing to do with my current work in progress. For me, the key to beating it is to write through it.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I try to work with outlines, I really do. It’s just that I’m terrible at it. Even if I manage a coherent outline, I will inevitably change everything as I start writing. Planning and I just can’t get along.

Do you ever get sad when you realize that the characters that you’ve created aren’t real?

What do you mean they aren’t real?! Hehe, I do feel a very strong attachment to my characters, despite the mean things I do to them in my writing, and I have been known to talk about them as if they are real people. But deep down, I have accepted that they aren’t real. I think…

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

My biggest challenge with XODUS was letting it be done. It took me nearly three years to write it, and I am incapable of reading something I’ve written and accepting it. I always want to change things. Eventually, someone had to pry it out of my hands and tell me to stop obsessing, but it was so painful!

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

The main thing I would change about my publishing journey is that I would have studied marketing and begun building my author platform sooner. I didn’t do either of those things until after XODUS was published, so now I’m trying to play catch up.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

My upcoming book is called Tenuous, and it is the official book 2 of the Astralis series. In it, Lali and her siblings end up in trouble of the time traveling variety. *cue maniacal laughter*

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write every day, and read every day. Both are equally important. Also, join at least one YAAR logo 2good writing group where you read each other’s work and give each other honest feedback. The groups are great for keeping you accountable and for bouncing ideas off people who truly understand the writer struggle.

 

Do you have any strange writing habits?

I’ve been told that I write in strange positions. For some reason, I always seem to feel more comfortable with one leg propped up, and when I’m doing the standing desk thing or curled over my laptop on the sofa, that can get pretty interesting. My boyfriend went on a kick where he would sneak pictures of me writing in my crazy positions, and once he’d collected enough of them, he decided to share them with me. It was then that I realized my problem.

What others are saying about K.J. McPike:

“I loved how the book could make me hate a certain character and then root for them and sympathize with them at the same time.” 

“I really enjoyed XODUS. It was well-written, cleverly plotted, and full of twists and turns.”

“I am in love with the style in which K.J. McPike writes. The story and wording has a way off pulling you right in from the get go making it very hard to put down. So good in fact, I had it read in two days.”


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January – February New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about coming out soon!

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swords-stilettos12/16 – Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series Book 1) by Kristin Van Risseghem

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

** This title used to be called: The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos. **
** Age Appropriate: Middle School; age 10+ **
** This Series are considered to be ‘clean’ books **

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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elven-alliance1/7 – The Keeper of Dragons: The Elven Alliance (Keeper of Dragons, Book 2) by J.A. Culican

The fates have spoken.
Cole and Eva are the Keeper of Dragons – the only ones who can save all true beings from a time of fear.
Uncontrollable power.
Cole finds himself unstable, unpredictable and volatile. He has no control of the tillium-fairy magic he stole from the farros. Out of options, the dragons turn to a once ally – the elves – for help. Curious about the dragon who wields both dragon and fairy magic, they accept – but on their terms only. The dragons must submit to Prince Gaber and his rules.
A new enemy.
Queen Tana continues to haunt Cole’s dreams, as a new enemy shows his face – another fallen enemy with a bigger agenda than the farros-fallen fairies; an enemy stronger and smarter; an enemy with an army that could destroy all true beings. Enter King Eldrick of the eldens-the fallen elves.
Sometimes evil wins.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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dark-fire1/16 – Dark Fire  by Bethany Wicker

Kyler Yates has grown up in the elemental society all her life. Her mother, an advocate for human relations, wants her to start attending a human school for her last year. Kyler, unlike her mom, wants nothing to do with humans so why would she try to be friends with them?
Remy James grew up in the human world and has been taught that elementals are terrible, selfish people. It’s only proven true when he meets Kyler. She’s condescending and cold-hearted, but there’s something there that makes Remy want to get to know her.
Can the two of them get over their differences and give in to the pull that keeps drawing them together?

Genre: YA/Fantasy

 

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all-the-while1/17 – All the While (The Senior Semester Series Book 3)  by Gina Azzi

Consumed with grief for her twin brother Adrian’s death, Maura Rodriguez is spinning out of control. To cope with Adrian’s loss, she numbs her pain with bottles of vodka and sex with random men.

Harboring guilt over his best friend Adrian’s death, Zack Huntington is yearning for a past that no longer exists. Reaching out to the familiarity and comfort an ex-girlfriend offers, Zack aims to recreate what once was but can never be again.

When their worlds collide while running on the trails along Boathouse Row, Maura and Zack find comfort in each other and in the memory of their shared connection—Adrian.

An unlikely friendship brimming with undeniable attraction blossoms into an unexpected romance. While Maura and Zack struggle to heal, to forgive, to accept, they also learn how to let go and allow themselves to fall in love, a truth they’ve both known but resisted all the while.

Genre: NA/Contemporary

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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dark-legends1/17 – Dark Legends by J.A. Culican, G.K. DeRosa and 18 other authors

This Collection is packed with more than 20 full-length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!

Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!

The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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train-i-ride1/24 – Train I Ride by Paul Mosier

 

A beautifully poignant debut perfect for fans of authors such as Rebecca Stead and Sharon Creech and books like Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. When Rydr travels by train from Los Angeles to Chicago, she learns along the way that she can find family wherever she is.

Rydr is on a train heading east, leaving California, where her gramma can’t take care of her anymore, and traveling to Chicago, to live with an unknown relative. She brings with her a backpack, memories both happy and sad, and a box, containing something very important.

As Rydr meets her fellow passengers and learns their stories, her own story begins to emerge. It’s one of sadness and heartache, and one Rydr would sometimes like to forget. But as much as Rydr may want to run away from her past, on the train she finds that hope and forgiveness are all around her, and most importantly, within her, if she’s willing to look for it.

Genre: YA/Contemporary

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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soul-sanctuary1/27 – Soul Sanctuary (Book Two of the Spirit Shield Saga) by Susan Faw

A temple awakened. The forbidden mountain stirs.The dead are missing.

Snatched from her home by a Primordial Seeker, seventeen-year-old Avery is imprisoned by the people she intended to serve. In a desperate bid for freedom, she escapes, only to find herself racing against time to save those who seek to use her.
Driven by jealousy, the lust for power and the stain of ancient crimes, conflicting factions struggle to gain control of the magic of a Spirit Shield. Avery must dodge all who cross her path, for each group vies to control her actions.
Aided by the mythical creatures of her native land, she discovers that a true Spirit Shield is much more than a simple priestess. She must fight for control of the souls of the world, and in doing so must face her worst fear of all: family.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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Late February – Action Figures Book Six: Power Play by Michael Bailey

One of our super-heroes is missing.

It took a devastating attack on Kingsport to reunite the Hero Squad, but their reunion proves short-lived after Lightstorm vanishes following the battle, leaving the team without its most powerful member at the worst possible time.

Damage Inc. is back and more dangerous than ever, thanks to the mysterious mastermind known only as the Foreman arming them with enough firepower to take on the Hero Squad — but for what sinister purpose? The Squad is determined to find out, but the answers could cost them dearly.

Psyche takes center stage for this game-changing chapter in the Action Figures saga, which includes the bonus short story, Action Figures – Live Free or Die.

This is when everything changes!

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October – December New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about coming out soon!

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9/27 – The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot: Assassins Brawl by Michael Bailey

strongarmYou’re invited to the wedding of the year! In lieu of gifts, the bride and groom humbly ask that you do not try to murder them.

After barely surviving Habbatarr the lich-lord and the Dead City of Hesre, Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot and their companions are ready for some well-deserved rest. All they want now is good food, cold beer, a warm bed, and maybe a few days without someone trying to kill them.

And then they encounter a damsel in distress and, well, so much for that idea.

The damsel in question is the Lady Alyssa Spendle, a spoiled noble promised to Lord Paradim as part of a brokered political marriage, and the distress comes in the form of a determined group of kidnappers looking to make a quick profit off Alyssa’s ransom.

Derek and Felix learn there’s much more to this plot, and the heroes soon find themselves entangled in a vast conspiracy that threatens to topple a kingdom and take them down with it in the process.

Get ready for another wild adventure with Strongarm and Lightfoot as they fight for their lives against backstabbing thieves, cutthroat mercenaries, the crime lords knows as the Seven Jewels, and the mysterious assassin Ruined Isys.

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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10/20 – The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2: A Charity Anthology for the Alzheimer’s Foundation featuring Debbie Manber Kupfer

longest-night-watchA year ago, a group of authors got together to pay tribute to Sir Terrence “Terry” Pratchett, a fantasy genre giant and a sufferer from Alzheimer’s. They formed “The Longest Night Watch,” and, not content with one anthology, went on to enter writing team competitions and plot a follow up volume. And they found other like minded authors, bringing them into the Watch. The book that you hold in your hands is the culmination of fun and of reflection, a celebration of speculative fiction and an introspective into the lives and minds of Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

 

 

Genre: Gen. Fiction/Anthology

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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11/12 – The Keep (Converters Book 2) by Tenille Berezay

the-keepAfter a pardon from the convergence, Desiree returns to the protection of home. But safety is an illusion and her family is shattered by the violent retribution of a desperate enemy. On the run again, Desiree struggles to keep those she loves from a host of gathering threats—debilitating doubts, manipulative converters, dark technology, and a murdering madman. To save them all, Desiree will need more than her ability to convert, she’ll need to redefine her strength.

THE KEEP is the dramatic sequel to THE CONVERGENCE; a continuation of Desiree and Blake’s story.

 

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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11/15 – The Mentor, a Wish, & an Angel by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Kieran’s job of being a guardian angel is straightforward: observe and learn—and don’t intervene in their lives. But then he watches as his first charge dies at the hands of evil while he does nothing to help.

Overcome with grief and doubt, Kieran flees back to the sfety of heaven. With guidance from his mentor, he learns all he can about the Battle of the Fallen and the creation of evil itself. With renewed determination, he vows he will save the Ordinaries in his care.

The rules of being a guardian angel have not changed, but Kieran has. Returning to earth, only Kieran knows how essential it is to find and protect one 17-year-old girl. The girl who can thwart the Devil’s escape from his prison and the start of Armageddon.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

 

 

 

 

August – September New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about coming out soon!

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7/27 – Dreams (New Beginnings Book 3) by Michelle Lynn

dreams mlMoving on is the hardest thing she’ll ever have to do.

Taylor Scott sees the world differently than she did a year ago. She’s no longer the love-sick teenager, quick to smile and full of joy. Now she’s the broken college student just trying to get through the day without letting her feelings overwhelm her. It isn’t until she meets Josh that pieces of herself she’d lost start falling back into place and she can finally see that it’s okay to be happy again.

Josh Walker is a professional athlete who has always avoided distractions. His career is just getting started and he works harder than anyone else. Hockey is his life. It’s the only thing that makes sense to him. When a new coach joins the team, it’s his daughter that threatens to complicate everything. He wants to help her. Needs to help her. But when he needs her to do the same, he finds out what she’s really made of.

No one ever told him that the hardest part of his hockey career wouldn’t have to do with hockey at all.

Genre: NA/Romance

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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7/31 – Wilder Destimy by G.K. DeRosa

wilder legacyThe life of a Guardian is a dangerous one, and with everything Celeste has lost in the past year, will she find the strength to continue on?

Battling the growing evil inside her proved to be Celeste Wilder’s most formidable challenge—and the fight isn’t over yet. As her Guardian skills continue to strengthen and tangle with the power of the Albsurori ring, new and old enemies emerge to conspire against her and the Constantin brothers alike.

When news breaks about an attempt to free Brazen, the rogue Alpha, Celeste must rely on unlikely allies, causing her to question the loyalties of everyone around her. With Alek looming continuously in the background and Brazen’s foreboding final words to her, there seems to be no end in sight to the struggle.

To top it all off, Roman has always remained by her side, but the discovery of another Wilder family secret may threaten their future forever.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon 

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8/10 – Unexpected Rewards (Not Every Girl #2) by Jane McGarry

unexpected rewardsOlivia Davenport is looking forward to her future. After all, Prince Liam has pro-fessed his love and King William has promised her a reward for her role on a recent mis-sion. She fully expects to continue her knightly training while enjoying a blossoming ro-mance with her Prince. The King, however, has other ideas, appointing her as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Helen.

Thrust into unfamiliar territory and left to fend against the malicious women of court, Olivia feels awkward and confused. With the help of her new friend, Kat, and her sister, Anne, she tries to find her footing among the courtiers, their protocol, and the added complication of Jocelyn Crawford, a lady who has her eyes set on becoming Liam’s bride.

When, a disturbing prophecy puts the safety of the King in question, fear spreads through kingdom. Intrigue abounds at the palace with an enigmatic witch and a strict Friar at the center of the controversy. Olivia must use her training and instincts to unravel what is truly going on in order to protect the King. Through it all, she questions if she will ever be able to fit into Liam’s lifestyle or if their relationship is not meant to be.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Purchase on Amazon HERE

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8/19 – Type X (Project W.A.R. Book 2) by M.A. Phipps

type xNo matter what I do, no matter what steps I take to avoid it, I’m always playing right into somebody’s hand.

Playing the role I was destined for.

Two years have passed since her willing return to the DSD, and Wynter Reeves is no longer the timid girl who only wanted to blend in. Strong, confidant, and in control of her once debilitating powers, the world trembles at her feet while news of what she’s capable of spreads like fire among the State’s enemies. As the death toll rises and Dr. Richter further warps her into a weapon of war, Wynter is forced to embrace the daunting reality of what she’s become. With the remnants of her humanity hanging on by a shoestring, she must choose between the one sacrifice that could lead to her salvation or the dark path of destruction from which there can be no return.

Torn between two sides of a war she never asked for, will Wynter find her freedom, or will she be doomed to remain a monster forever?

Genre: YA/Dystopian

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8/23 – Locksmith’s Journeys (Locksmith Trilogy Book 2) by Paul Briggs

Locksmiths JourneysLachlan Smith knows when the world ends.

He doesn’t know how.

When 12-year-old Locksmith found a portal to a hundred years in the future, he discovered a world where no human had lived for decades. Now Lock and a small group of his family and friends are exploring the ruins of the future to learn its secrets. At the same time, they’re trying to keep those secrets from the world of the present… all while maintaining the semblance of a normal life.

The more they find, the more they realize that if they’re going to prevent the end of the world, they can’t do it by themselves. But who can help them? And who can they trust with the portal and the power it represents — the power to reshape the future… or destroy it?

For Locksmith, new discoveries, hard choices and dangerous journeys await.

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi

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9/20 – Daughter of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret Book 3) by Christopher Mannino

daughterTwo years ago, Susan Sarnio was brought to the World of Deaths.

Fighting sexism and bullying, the first female Death helped reinvent the College. Now, her friends journey deep into the heart of enemy territory, hoping to rescue her.

Ancient secrets come to light. The horrifying truth behind Susan’s arrival in the World of Deaths is at last revealed. War erupts between Dragons and Deaths, and the fate of three worlds hangs in the balance.

The epic conclusion to The Scythe Wielder’s Secret.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Pre-order from Amazon HERE

 

May – July New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

 

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5/22 – The Legend of the White Peacock (Legends from Around the World Book 1) by Kristen Iten 

white peacockEnter the jungle with a young Indian girl, as she braves the night in search of a magical bird of legend. It will take all of her courage to break with tradition, and realize her secret wish.

Sometimes the best things in life are not free, but who will pay the price? Find out in this story of compassion and sacrifice.

If you are a fan of Disney style artistry, you will fall in love with the illustrations in this book! Inspired by traditional Indian art, the illustrations in “The Legend of the White Peacock” will take your breath away. This book is sure to be enjoyed by your intermediate reader, as well as the entire family!

 

Genre: Children/Geography & Cultures

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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5/23 – War of the Networks (The Network Series Book 4) by Katie Cross

war of the networksNever Underestimate the Power of a Desperate Witch

With the Central Network entrenched in war and teetering on the brink of destruction, eighteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is determined to defeat Mabel’s powerful Almorran magic by finding the Book of Light.

During an attempt to save a burning orphanage, Bianca finds herself caught in a trap. Mabel kidnaps her, taking her to the hot sands of the Western Network where things are not as they seem. Mabel is more dangerous—and unhinged—than she’s ever been before.

War of the Networks is the fourth and final book in the thrilling fantasy collection The Network Series. It’s a gripping tale about compassion, forgiveness, and surviving against all odds.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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5/31 – Magic in Clearview (Xavier #4) by E.M. Cooper

magic in clearviewAs the final battle draws closer, Xavier seeks the beekeeper of Clearview and guidance from the ledger. From Griswold College to every corner of Clanarde, the threat from demons and the Darklaw grows.

In the back of Xavier’s mind, Father Augustine’s final warning causes him to doubt and question all the angels he has ever encountered. At the same time Xavier’s closest friends face stunning revelations about their heritages, while another must come to terms with a devastating experience.

 

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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6/1 – The Last Nine Winters of Cade Finley: A Sirens of Falkeld Novella by Julie Tuovi

last nine wintersAidan Finley dreamed of marrying the girl with the red hair who stole his heart as a lad. He dreamed of a family and growing old together in a cottage atop Muireall’s wind-swept cliffs.

But Aidan didn’t know what swam beneath the island’s dark, fathomless waves.

He never realized what fragile things dreams can be.

After a storm ravishes the island one summer day, he finds a creature caught beneath a rock in a cave. His choice to save her will alter his world forever—for even dreams aren’t safe from the siren’s song.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Order on Amazon HERE

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6/24 – Woven Peril (The Aylosian Chronicles Book 2) by Jeffrey Collyer

woven perilThe Guardian’s forces may have left the forest, but they haven’t departed from Michael’s mind as he struggles to learn what his enemy will do next. Torn between feelings of guilt and love, he must now push ahead to find mythical halls deep in the earth, where secrets from the distant past are spoken of, and new riddles unearthed.

Entering dark paths, Michael must learn to use his growing power if he is to discover that which will save the land, at the same time as trying to protect those now under his care from new and deadly monsters sent to hunt him.

And all while he struggles to understand mysteries surrounding his mother.

Woven Peril is the thrilling second book in the Aylosian Chronicles, and continues the epic tale in a world of unusual magic and unique creatures. If you enjoy stories with a combination of action, tenderness and thoughtful wisdom, the Aylosian Chronicles is sure to be a series you’ll enjoy.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Pre-order on Amazon HERE

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7/1 – Gather the Sentient (The Sevens Prophecy Book 2) by Amalie Jahn

gather the sentientWhat if a group of psychic strangers came together to save the world?

There will come a day when seven psychic children of the light and seven psychic children of the dark will be born. From the moment of their birth, strong powers will be in place to bring the seven light together and the seven dark together to form two separate but equally powerful groups. The first seven to gather all in one place will seal the fate of the world – dark for hell, light for heaven. At that point the seven deadly sins will take over the world or cease to exist.

After Mia is rescued from the trafficking ring’s basement brothel, she and Thomas begin putting both their lives and the pieces of the Sevens Prophecy together, but quickly discover there may be little hope for the light psychics.

Little do they know that the powerful forces alluded to in the prophecy are already working to bring the light psychics together. Unfortunately, they’re bringing the dark psychics together as well.

As both sides of the prophecy gather, which group will ultimately decide the fate of the world?

Genre: Mystery/Paranormal

Available for Pre-order on Amazon HERE

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7/8 – Audette of Brookraven (The Eldentimber Series Book 4) by Shari L. Tapscott

audetteThe Final Chapter in The Eldentimber Series

When Audette pictured her wedding day, she never imagined leaving her intended at the alter. And though Irving, a prince with a reputation for trouble, never cared to picture the grand event (and had rather hoped he could somehow avoid it altogether), he certainly wouldn’t have imagined being abandoned.

But when Audette receives a cry for help from the mysterious, secret order she leads, the princess doesn’t think twice about jilting Irving. With her brother and closest friend at her side, and her loyal order of knights anxiously awaiting her arrival, Audette travels to the distant island kingdom of Ptarma, not once expecting Irving to follow her.

But that’s exactly what he does.

Now, trapped together until the ships sail again in spring, Audette must learn to get along with the infuriating prince if she’s to track down the darkness that’s wreaking havoc in the night. For in the shadows, the dark beast of legend looms, and only together will they have a chance of defeating it…

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Pre-0rder on Amazon HERE

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7/19 – Ignite (The Resistance Series Book 3) by Tracy Lawson

igniteThe Greatest Risk Is To Take No Risk At All

Nationwide food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s hold on the people is slipping. The Resistance’s efforts to hasten the OCSD’s demise have resulted in disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for the ill-fated mission in Tommy’s home quadrant, OP-439.

Both teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the national spotlight—and this time, they’re on opposite sides. On the run and exiled from his fellow Resistance members in remote BG-098, Tommy makes his way to a Resistance safe house in the capital. The OCSD is preparing to monitor all under-eighteens with the Cerberean Link, a device that protects them against hunger and sickness and can even locate them if they’re lost. Tommy’s now living in close quarters with Atari, an operative who has been assigned to sabotage the Link. But does Atari plan to use it for his own purposes?

Through it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it matters most?

Genre: YA/Dystopian

Available for Pre-0rder on Amazon June 19

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7/27 – Kiss Me Goodnight in Rome (The Senior Semester Series Book 2) by Gina Azzi

kiss me goodnightWhy did Mia Petrellla ever make such a drastic life change? Spending the fall semester of her senior year in Rome is a huge leap outside of her comfort zone and she’s a nervous wreck. But then something unexpected happens.

During her first hours in Rome, she meets Lorenzo Barca, a charming Italian waiter with deep blue eyes and a devilish wink.  From their first encounter, Lorenzo catches Mia off-guard with his piercing gaze and friendly banter. Maybe her adventure abroad will be more surprising, and less nerve-wracking, then she thought?

Lorenzo Barca is fed up and done wasting his time waiting tables at his family’s restaurant when he could be living his life. The life he should be living. The life he wants to be living. And it doesn’t include serving loud American tourists espresso. Until one of those American tourists turns out to be a sweetheart with chocolate eyes and a beautiful smile.  Soon, Mia Petrella has Lorenzo not only showing up for work, but looking forward to it.

Mia and Lorenzo build a friendship that blossoms into love, but they both hold back as Mia’s departure date and the transition to a long-distance relationship is inevitable. When Lorenzo makes a series of shocking discoveries regarding his family, his future, and Mia, their bond threatens to snap, shaking them both to the core.

Can Mia and Lorenzo trust each other enough to build the future they both desire?

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Available for Pre-order on Amazon HERE

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April – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

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2/27 – Twisted by Elizabeth Montgomery

twistedWho could’ve known one pair of shoes could cause so much trouble.

Dee’s lost the sparkly red heels, and when she befriends a witch to help her find a way home, she finds herself down the rabbit hole. With the veil between Wonderland and Oz torn wide open, things go awry.

The flying monkeys are loose in the Kingdom, Hatter is lost on the sun-colored brick road, and betwixt a battle of the worlds, the Red Queen seeks power, but all Dee wants is to go home.

 

Genre: YA/Paranormal

Link to the Book on Amazon HERE

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3/14 – The Lost: Tales of the Ablockalypse Book 2 by David H. Scott

the lostSteve was destined to be a hero. Or maybe he wasn’t. To be honest, he wasn’t sure anymore. But since the monsters won’t stop spawning and attacking his village, he finds himself forced into the role. Along with his friends, his dog, and an impossibly red dragon, he is determined to bring peace to all block-kind.

Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy

 

 

 

Purchase The Lost HERE

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4/1 – Tales from P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer

tales from pawsCats and Wolves and Tegs – Oh my!
Meet Alistair, Ramora and Griddlebone in three stories from the world of P.A.W.S.

 

 

 

 

 

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Pre-order on Amazon HERE

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4/13 – The Passage, a Dance, & a Little White Dress (Enlighten Series Book 2) by Kristin D. van Rissegham

passageIt’s been a week since 17-year-old Zoe Jabril found out her best friend is a Guardian Angel, her boyfriend is a Nephilim, and a fellow classmate is a Fairy. What makes Zoe so special? She’s destined to unify Enlightens to battle evil—that is, if Demons don’t kill her first.

With “Project: Enlightens Unite” underway, Zoe learns the history of the area wolf pack and realizes she’s in a race against time to get her newly discovered talents under control. Despite struggling to fight a mysterious attraction to her new neighbor, rescue her boyfriend from Demons, and travel into Fairyland to convince the Summer King to join the fight, Zoe must still attend high school classes so her nosy parents don’t suspect anything is out of the ordinary before Demons can mount another attack.

Zoe will need all the help she can get, from the most unlikely of sources, if she’s to save her boyfriend’s life and prevent the Devil from escaping Hell on her eighteenth birthday.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Available for Pre-order on Amazon HERE

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4/30 – Mourning Memories (Liliana Book 2) by Lauren Mayhew

mourning memoriesSECRETS. LIES. DECEPTION.

Having managed to free herself from Duana’s prison, Liliana Frye still needs to find her family. Samson, her brother, her fiancée Asher and best friend Justin have waited 174 years to see her again, but she still doesn’t know exactly where they are.

A letter from her father reveals secrets about Liliana that will undoubtedly change her world. She begins to realise why Duana so desperately wants to steal her powers and is determined to never let her complete her aim to become the most powerful Custos the world has ever seen.

New friends are made, old friends return and Liliana needs to decide who she can trust.

Genre: YA/Paranormal

Available for Pre-order on Amazon HERE

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March – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

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2/20 – Battle of Green Isle (Xavier Book 3) by E.M. Cooper

Battle of Green IsleIn book three of the Xavier fantasy series, Xavier Jones and his best friend and guardian angel, Gabe are released from the dungeons of St Griswold College. They must find a way to reach Green Isle where Mortimer and his men are fighting those intent on conquering Clanarde—demons, gargoyles and the Darklaw. In the quest to fulfil his destiny, Xavier discovers the first secrets of the mysterious Celestial Ledger and witnesses a horrifying event in the grounds of St Griswold College.

The Xavier series is set in the year 3016 and war is raging on Kepler, a planet settled by travellers from Earth 500 years earlier. Angels, demons and wraiths are battling in the night skies over the island of Clanarde. In a dystopian landscape left ravaged by the Great Atomic War 300 years ago, men, wizards and the original island’s inhabitants fight with gargoyles, shape shifters and the Darklaw using everything from physical combat to old magic. At the centre of the battle, young Xavier Jones fights his inner demons while trying to fulfil his destiny to save the children of St Griswold College.

Genre: MG/Fantasy

Visit E.M.’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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2/21 – Dark Winter: Last Rites by John Hennessy

Dark WinterThe final chapter in the Dark Winter series.

What would you risk losing, in order to win?

As the Crescent Moon set on that last day of winter, the residents of Gorswood realised that the horrors that had been contained in the woods for so long, had finally risen, and were coming for them.

With the fate of Romilly, Beth, and Gorswood’s greatest ever witch uncertain, an age-old evil senses its time has come, threatening to cover the inhabitants of Gorswood in a new and never ending terror.

Even if the newest owner of the Mirror of Souls is to prevail, at what cost will her victory be?

Meanwhile, the last rites on a long dead demon need to be performed. But her spirit resides in the most terrifying place of all, meaning that a choice will have to be made.

A choice that will affect the entire world…..

Genre: YA/Horror

Link to the Book on Amazon HERE

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3/7 – Sophie’s Different (James Madison Series Book 3) by Patrick Hodges

Sophie's DifferentMiddle school is all about fitting in. It’s about not standing out. After all, kids can be cruel.

Sophie Devereaux doesn’t fit in. She and her two best friends, Marissa and Michelle, are seen as misfits. Things only get worse when Sophie runs afoul of Alexis, the most popular girl in school.

Ayden Saunders doesn’t fit in. Tragedies in his life have caused him to retreat into the shadows, where he watches his classmates from afar and fantasizes about being a superhero.

When Ayden overhears a plot to ruin Sophie’s life, he knows he can no longer sit on the sidelines. The two of them soon discover, to their amazement, that life is not about fitting in, it’s about being true to who you are.

Genre: YA/Contemporary

Visit Patrick’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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3/15 – Griddlebone (Tales from P.A.W.S. Book 3) by Debbie Manber Kupfer

 

GriddleboneThe werecat flexed his claws, as he waited in the shadows. Griddlebone wished he could rescue them all, but his orders were clear. He could only take one …

A short story from the world of P.A.W.S.

 

 

 

 

 

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Visit Debbie’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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3/25 – Choices by Michelle Lynn

PromisesDo you promise you’ll always be here for me?

It was a game they played, only it wasn’t a game. Maggie Marks held on to Elijah’s childhood promises as a way of escaping a life that was far from perfect. Elijah Lugo was her neighbor, her best friend, her family. He was everything her parents refused to be, everything she needed. He was her first kiss and a witness to more of her father’s drunken rants than she could count. He was there at her wedding and then held her when it all fell apart. Elijah was in love with her, but she was afraid loving him would eventually mean losing him too.

They were no longer kids, pretending everything would work out in the end.

When Maggie’s father reenters her life in an unexpected way, revealing long held secrets, her world is turned upside down and she will need Elijah more than ever.
A story of friendship and family. The promises you make and the ones you keep.

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

Visit Michelle’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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February – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

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1/14 – Alistair (Tales from P.A.W.S. Book 1) by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Alistair“Maybe I am,” said Alistair, “But there are monsters worse than me in this world. You are lucky, Joshua; lucky you have me to protect you. I was not so fortunate.” Alistair took a long breath in and exhaled slowly, “neither was my mother…”

A short story from world of P.A.W.S.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Visit Debbie’s Blog HERE!

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2/12 – Ramora by Debbie Manber Kupfer

 

ramoraBeware the Tegs, the devious green fairies who will lead you astray. You met Stella in Argentum, now meet her sister Morgana in Ramora – Another short story from the world of P.A.W.S.
Be careful what you wish for!

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Visit Debbie’s Blog HERE!

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2/14 – Strawberry Sorbet: A Noir by Landon Wake

Strawberry SorbetOn a cold February night, private Detective Richard Hankins is thrust into a world of mystery, suspense and murder when a lady in red unexpectedly bursts through his office door.

Hot on the trail of the Lamplight Slasher, a serial killer who has evaded the authorities for years and who is responsible for the murder of his young son, Richard soon finds things aren’t what they seem. Can he stop the Lamplight Slasher before someone else falls victim to his blade? Will he finally get his revenge and bring justice to his city once and for all? Find out in Strawberry Sorbet: A Noir.
A short story by Landon Wake —

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Pre-order the book on Amazon HERE

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2/29 – Twisted by Elizabeth Montgomery

twisted-final-highWho could’ve known one pair of shoes could cause so much trouble?

Dee’s lost the sparkly red heels, and when she befriends a witch to help her find a way home, she finds herself down the rabbit hole. With the veil between Wonderland and Oz torn wide open, things go awry.

The flying monkeys are loose in the Kingdom, Hatter is lost on the sun-colored brick road, and betwixt a battle of the worlds, the Red Queen seeks power, but all Dee wants is to go home.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Visit Elizabeth’s Amazon Author Page HERE

 

January – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

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1/7 – Through His Eyes (An Institute Series Novella) by Kayla Howarth

Through His EyesIn a fraction of a second, his life ended. Death was merely a consequence the Resistance often faced. And Chad was ready, willing to accept his fate. But he didn’t expect to be rejected by the afterlife.

Chad finds himself in a state of limbo, standing on the sidelines as his loved ones try to move on with their lives. This cruel twist of fate has Chad questioning his earthly purgatory. There stands a reason, he just has to find it.

Filling in the lost months between Resistance and Defective in The Institute Series, Through His Eyes follows Chad and his search for final peace.

Genre: YA/Dystopian

Visit Kayla.’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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1/7 – Seirsha of Errinton (Book 3 in the Eldentimber Series) by Shari L. Tapscott

 

SeirshaPrincess Seirsha’s lived her life in the shadow of her father, keeping herself distant and aloof. But after her involvement in the death of the male heir to the Errintonian throne, Seirsha’s defenses begin to crumble. The search for another successor begins, and the one man with the power to strip away the princess’s walls steps back into her life.

She knows she should keep her distance from Lord Rigel—the only man in Errinton with a legitimate claim to her father’s throne—but when the king orders her to keep the dark lord close so she may spy on him, the princess must make a choice. With another Dragon War looming and Errinton’s oppressed rising against their leaders, will Seirsha betray her blood or turn her back on Rigel—the man she’s loved her entire life?

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Visit Shari’s blog HERE

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1/25 – Choices by Michelle Lynn

ChoicesHappiness is something you have to choose again and again, each day.

Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want.

Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore. At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?

Yes. Yes, you do.  

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

Visit Michelle’s Amazon Author Page HERE

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1/28 – Fall of the Dreamer (Dreamer Trilogy, Book 2) by L.J. Higgins 

Fall of the DreamerEnjoying her new life in Sandhaven after the events of the year before, Amelia feels like she has it all – great friends, a home by the beach, a job that she loves, and a handsome boyfriend.

But a new threat is brewing in the city; the Cambiar Virus is spreading fast and people are dying. Amelia does not want to give up her peaceful life, but someone must fight for those who are unaware of the danger they’re in.

With Cameron acting strange, her friendship with Sarah strained, and her relationship with Jonah growing more complicated, the last thing Amelia wants is to put her personal life aside and get involved in another life threatening situation.

But she doesn’t have a choice.

Genre: YA/Science Fiction

Visit L.J.’s website HERE

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1/28 – Catchpenny by Sarah Wathen

CatchpennyMeg Shannon was rarely surprised. She was an independent, self-confident, intelligent young woman, and she’d stopped caring about the labels people born on the “right” side of the tracks in Shirley County slapped on her.

So when quarterback Tristan Jameson walked up to her at lunch and flat out asked her to Homecoming, she refused to be surprised then either.  But he seemed nervous, as if he truly cared what her answer would be. Maybe, just maybe…he actually liked her.

But to believe that would be dangerous. Raise the stakes. Sure, Meg was brave, but was she willing to risk everything?

Sarah Wathen’s edgy, fast-paced serial novel is finally released in its complete form, with a new epilogue never before published!

Genre: YA/Romance

Visit Sarah’s website HERE

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1/29 – Into Light by T.D. Shields

 

Into LightPoppy escaped the assassins who killed her father and found friendship, love, and a new family in the ruins of Denver, a harsh wilderness home to carnivorous plants, mutant animals, and dangerous people.

But simply building a new life for herself is not enough. With the help of her friends and allies, Poppy must return to Goodland and confront the man who shattered her perfect life. She will do whatever it takes to stop him before he can destroy the peace and the people she has vowed to protect.

 

Genre: YA/Dystopian

Visit T.D.’s Amazon Author Page HERE

December – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month, including one making her literary debut and one from our newest member!

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11/14 – In Their Shoes: A Collection of Short Stories by L J Higgins

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Throughout our lifetimes, most of us will face different hardships, and create many amazing memories. All of those blend together to make you the person you become. Each of us have a different story, taking a different path. Whether you believe someone has taken the right path or not, it is important to remember that we all want the same things in life – to be happy and to be loved for who we are.
In Their Shoes is a collection of short stories that allows you to have a glimpse into someone’s life, giving you insight on how it may feel to be them for just a moment.

Genre: YA/Short Stories

AVAILABLE NOW HERE

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12/4 – The Girl Who Collected Butterflies: A Supernatural Ghost Thriller (Haunted Minds) Volume 3 by John Hennessy

ButterfliesBoys made fun of her. Girls tended to avoid her. Teachers didn’t understand her. Marissa Coton collected butterflies. For her Very Special Project, Marissa took some butterflies and placed a name under each one. To her classmates, the selection appeared to be random. No harm done. But when the children in Marissa’s book begin to die in mysterious circumstances, the evidence points to the mysterious girl with black eyes who wears a red bow in her hair. There’s method in her apparent madness. There’s a reason why she’s doing it. By the time her secret is out, it will be far too late.

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

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12/4 – Rigel (Appointments on Plum Street Book 1) by Eli Ingle

RigelAppointments on Plum Street is a series set across six worlds, three dimensions and multiple times zones. The first book, Rigel, starts the story as we see the young orphan Rigel on Earth, miserable and alone. Then one night his life is changed forever when a crew of airship pilots tear through the sky and offer to take him to another world.

On their journey they come across other children and Rigel finds that they are all at the centre of a legend thousands of years old … and he has no memory being part of it.

The Darkness, trapped for so long in the Dark Realm, is beginning to stir and venture out from its prison, taking hold a world at a time, led by the malignant and cruel Frivlok. But with limited experience, strength and cunning as a result of hundreds of years of hiding, how will they ever succeed against Frivlok and his Dark Parade?

Genre: Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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12/7 – Wicked Rescue Mission by Chasity Nicole

Wicked Rescue Mission.jpgWhat do you do when the world is perfect one moment and in shambles the next? When your girlfriend’s kidnapped and taken to Hell by the Devil’s son? All we know is that Ember overheard a conversation between Piper and her father one night before Blade kidnapped her. She left us a message on a crumpled painting that gave us pieces of information. Leaving the eight of us to put it together to save her.

Our only mission is to get her back because our lives mean nothing without her. But, we’re only teenagers with superhuman powers, and we don’t have the power to walk between Earth and Hell. So, we turn to the only person we believe we can trust.

But the people we thought we could trust are turning against us in ways we never expected. So now, we must hurry to save Ember before it’s too late.

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Click HERE to visit Ms. Nicole’s Amazon Author Page

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12/21 – Freedom Will Ring by Leigh Mitchell

Front CoverIn a dystopia created by nuclear World War III, America Hawthorne emerges from the underground bunker that she was born and raised in. She finds herself in the New World—a world that is littered with broken societies, and full of danger, anarchy, and unimaginable terrors.

America seems to have found a new home within the walls of the safest society in the New World when she is taken in at Greyholt, but when Greyholt burns to the ground in a mysterious attack, America transitions from citizen to survivor, and from survivor to slave.

With the help of a few new friends, America hatches up a plan to free all of the slaves and ruin the society of Ravenstone for good—but first she must complete a series of tasks designed to destroy her mentally, emotionally, and physically in order to earn her freedom. She learns about love, loss, and friendship as she sparks a rebellious flame in the hearts and souls of the enslaved—will they survive the rebellion?

Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

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12/31 – Doll by Miracle Austin

DollMany would be too afraid to even whisper that Pepper Fox deserved every single thing she had coming to her.

Her enemies swarmed the halls of Frost High and beyond.

Tomie, Sari and Opal defined her tormented victim list.

Opal shined the brightest on Pepper’s list.

Will these three outcasts devise a plan big enough to give the Queen Bee a taste of her own medicine?

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

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November – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month! A couple of these books are already out, and I am mentioning them now because I neglected to mention them last month.  Enjoy!

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9/29 – Emerge: The Edge: A Prequel Novella by Melissa A. Craven

The Edge Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence. He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. Allie Carmichael is dying inside and she doesn’t even realize it. Half a world away, she endures the same isolation Aidan experiences, but in complete ignorance of her true nature. As she forges a hesitant friendship for the first time in years, Allie sees a tiny glimmer of the life she wants, and the person she wants to be, but her instincts tell her the timing is all wrong.
Allie and Aidan’s paths are about to converge.

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

To go to Ms. Craven’s Amazon Author Page, click HERE

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10/13 – Ascension (New Bloods Trilogy Book 2) by Michelle Bryan

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Tara is coming into her power…but she has to keep fighting tooth and nail. She must train herself to use her strange new powers and enter a mad tyrant’s domain to save the people she loves. The quest that began in New Bloods 1: Awaken continues!

Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

To order the book on Amazon, click HERE

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11/1 – The Last First Game by Gina Azzi

The Last First GameWhen Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver Cade Wilkins. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.

When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance

To order/borrow the book on Amazon, click HERE

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11/23 – From Parts Unknown: The Complete Five-Part Serial by George Sirois

From Parts UnknownAbduction. Betrayal. Conspiracies. Murder. Welcome to the future of Sports Entertainment!

Out of work. Out of insurance. Out of options. All Stephen Barker wants is to provide a better life for his wife and child, and his only answer is to become a star in the last remaining sport in America, the Gladiatorial Combat League. But while Stephen’s intentions are noble, he has no idea that the GCL is becoming more and more corrupt behind the scenes. The current World Champion, Kyle Flyte, is forced to deal with constant rule changes proposed by the head booker Vornakai, including the use of weapons in the ring. But Vornakai is keeping his latest plan to usurp the championship a secret from everyone. If it works, it will turn an ordinary man into a weapon to tear through the GCL ranks. All he needs is a test subject. Someone like Stephen..

Genre: Science Fiction

Get Ready to Write

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Written by
Debbie Manber Kupfer

Ever since I was small I’ve always written. As a child I filled notebooks. At one time I had a whole series of school stories each in own exercise book. Somewhere in my basements these books still sit (I rarely throw anything away) and along with these childhood “books” is my first attempt at a novel. It was a kid’s fantasy. I remember it had a rather cool ogre in it. I wrote it in my twenties in exercise books. At the time I was living in Israel in a tiny one-room flat. I scribbled away in those notebooks, but somewhere along the way I got lost. Life took over and I stopped writing.

I moved to America, got married, had two children and finally found a career I love (I write puzzles for puzzle magazines). In the back my mind I knew I still wanted to write a novel, but thought I had plenty of time. When the kids are grown perhaps, then I would start.

Then about four and half years ago I found a lump in my breast. Cancer. I was terrified. But it is amazing what you get used to. I went through chemo, surgery, and radiation and today I’m happy to report that I’m cancer free. But my cancer taught me something, if you truly want to do something you shouldn’t wait. You never know how long you have.

In October 2012 the idea for “P.A.W.S.” came to me in a flash. I clearly saw a young girl being passed a silver cat amulet by her dying grandmother. I knew her story and that of her grandmother was important and something I had to tell. I told my daughter the story, who said “Mom, you have to write that.”

But how? How would keep on track, what with my kids, my puzzle work, and housework? For me the answer was NaNoWriMo (http://nanowrimo.org). Every year since the year 2000, November has been designated National Novel Writing Month. During that month writers from all around the globe take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words of fiction in one month.

I understood that 50,000 words would not get me a complete novel, but it would give me my best chance to keep on track. I set myself a daily target of 2000 words and just sat down and wrote. No editing, no distractions (I forced myself NOT to go on the internet each day until I was done with my daily words.)

Along the way NaNoWriMo sent me encouragement; pep talks from published authors who had taken this road before me. My word count grew and I was amazed with myself. I could do this. It felt like the whole world was cheering me on.

You can do it too! November is coming. Join me!

 

October – New Releases

by Patrick Hodges

Several great books to tell you about this month!

By a happy coincidence, all three books will be featured in a Facebook Launch Party, which will take place on October 17 between 4:00 and 6:00 pm PST.  If you would like to come by, please do! You could win prizes such as free e-book copies of any of these books!

Three Author Event!

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10/17 – Maisy and the Mystery Mansion by Elizabeth Woodrum

maisybook3-cover-final Super sleuths will be thrilled to know that everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective is back with a double dose of mystery adventure! As Maisy participates in a mystery weekend event for junior detectives, she uncovers a real case.   Could a ghost be haunting Mystery Manor? Find out in the exciting third installment of The Maisy Files!

Genre: Middle Grade/Mystery

To go to Ms. Woodrum’s Amazon Author Page, click HERE

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10/17 – Unexpected Alpha (Aluna Series Book 1) by Bethany Wicker

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Female Alphas are unheard of in werewolf society, and the Sapphire Pack is no different. So when Lena’s father dies, no one is more shocked than she to discover that his Alpha powers have transferred to her.But when the uber-sexy Kane enters the picture, Lena gets a lot more than she bargained for. She soon discovers that searching for answers is most difficult when the last person she can trust is the only one who has them.

Genre: YA/Paranormal

To pre-order the book on Amazon, click HERE

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10/18 – Xavier: Flight to Ambrosia by E.M. Cooper

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Xavier Jones and his friends are captured and returned to St Griswold College to the clutches of Ms Ratchet and her strange staff. At every turn, gargoyles, demons and the Darklaw are ramping up their sinister activities.  Following the advice of the messenger angel, Raphael and scribe, Nisroc the boys seek answers in the wilds of the magical Ambrosian Forest. Who can they trust in this bewildering landscape?

Genre: Middle Grade/Mystery

To order/borrow the book on Amazon, click HERE

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Also debuting this month:

10/6 – Adventures on the Breeze by Kristen Iten

Genre: Children’s/Picture Book

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10/15 – Catchpenny Part Four: Gold Mine by Sarah Wathen

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Have you ever wondered about that girl at the edge of the crowd? The one who has dark, bushy hair that hides her eyes while she’s reading, but tight shirts that don’t even try to hide the size of her breasts? She never comes to parties and she lives in a neighborhood where nice girls never venture. Everyone tries to ignore her…but there is something about her that’s impossible to ignore. Especially for the star quarterback, apparently. Because he just asked her to the Homecoming dance, after dumping the head cheerleader.

Catchpenny tells a story from the eyes of “that girl,” and Gold Mine is the conclusion of this serial novel. Does the outcast find her fairytale ending, or something else she didn’t even know she’d lost?

To visit the Amazon page for the first part of this series, click HERE

Introducing: The YAAR Blog!

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Greetings, fellow bookaholics!

Allow me to introduce ourselves. We are the Young Adult Author Rendezvous, a stalwart group of authors, writers and fanatics from all over the globe. Though most of us write in the Young Adult genre, quite a few of us write for younger audiences as well, from Middle Grade all the way down to picture books for preschoolers.

We have banded together as a group because we all have stories to tell, and, if I may be so bold, we are darn good at it. Our library of books is extensive, and we hold that you will browse our selection of books that are guaranteed to entertain readers of any age.

But more than that: we want to give you all the benefit of our experiences and our vast array of knowledge. Though we come from all walks of life, we are united by our love of books. Because you can’t be a writer without that, and, I think you’ll agree, there is a lot of ground to cover.

Starting immediately, people who visit our site regularly will be treated to blog entries from many of our members, with a new entry scheduled for every other day (usually the odd-numbered days, though we may fill in a few even-numbered days if there is a demand for it).

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

@YAARendezvous #YAAR #fiction

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